Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond issued the following statement today in recognition of Law Week in British Columbia:
"As Law Week 2013 begins, I'd like to encourage B.C. families to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about our justice system and celebrate the anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"The charter was signed 31 years ago - on April 17, 1982 - and has served as a driving force of change for our country. To honour its significance, each year the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) co-ordinates a nationwide series of events. These events collectively make up Law Week and provide great opportunities for citizens of all ages to familiarize themselves with how the justice system works.
"The B.C. branch of the CBA has developed a number of creative ways to make learning about the justice system interactive and interesting. Haven't you always wanted to know whether the Big Bad Wolf was guilty? Mock trials featuring the fabled wolf and other familiar storybook characters are part of numerous open house court activities.
"Law Week is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the justice system to our democratic society. The theme of this year's Law Week is 'Access to Justice: The Role of Public Opinion.' The term 'access to justice' often conjures up thoughts of litigation and courtrooms, but it encompasses a great deal more than that. It's about recognizing that all citizens are entitled to equal protection under the law, supporting members of the public in solving their legal problems through information, mediation and other collaborative processes, and making the law less complex and more accessible.
"Access to justice is a priority for the B.C. government and has guided our ongoing action plan to modernize the justice system. Through continuing education, collaboration and open dialogue, we can support a strong, responsive justice system and increase access to justice."
Learn about the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch's Law Week and find the schedule of events:www.bclawweek.org
Learn about B.C.'s justice reform initiatives:http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/justice-reform-initiatives/index.htm
Find justice information and support:www.JusticeBC.ca
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Ministry of Justice