What we're Learning

You talked and we listened!

Since the beginning of #TalkJustice, we have heard hundreds of stories about the justice system in Nova Scotia. Your experiences are helping to shape our understanding of why problems are happening, and how the justice system needs to change to put the public first. 

Here's what you told us you want to see

• Increase access to lawyers and community supports to solve legal
• Encourage a kind, helpful approach from both front-line staff and lawyers
• Increase access to cultural competency and trauma informed education
• Increase diversity among the Bar, judiciary and front-line staff


• Involve the media in conversations and consultations about justice
• Continue to consider the role that the media can play in increasing access
to justice
• Provide a platform for diverse voices on justice


• Provide better explanations of justice system in formal education
• Improve access to self-help materials
• Bring more education into equity-seeking communities
• Identify and work with community organizations that can help individuals
navigate the justice system


Demystification of the legal system:
• Reconsider formal courtroom practices that alienate the public and
encourage the use of plain language
• Conduct task analyses of common procedures to determine how they can
be simplified



Better collaboration:
• All justice system partners must begin to work together
• All justice system partners must take responsibility for the actions of the
system as a whole



Better consultations:
• Continue to use community leaders and organizers for community
• Ensure that an obvious link is drawn between consultations and programs
that create positive outcomes for equity-seeking communities
• Begin dedicated rural outreach


Be proactive:
• Make cultural competency and race literacy education a mandatory class
in law school and a component of the skills course for articled clerks
• Create a feedback loop that allows front-line workers to report common
challenges for justice system users
Look to what works as a model:
• Promote and increase the use of dispute resolution mechanisms
• Increase support for mental health/wellness courts and consider other
community-based court options
• Increase access to legal information through schools and online

Talk Justice Final Report 2015

Read the full report here

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