A Message from the Chief Justice
about Access to Justice


The Honourable Chief Justice
J. Michael MacDonald

Justice can be a tough word to define, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

In 2014, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society started a public conversation on what justice means to different people, and how individuals in marginalized communities access legal services and the justice system.

The project was called #TalkJustice, and a FINAL REPORT >> summarizing its findings was released a year later, in the spring of 2015.

While we often equate justice with crime and the courts, #TalkJustice showed us there are many reasons why people get involved with the legal system — they may be starting a business, filing for divorce, fighting a speeding ticket or resolving a dispute with a neighbour.

We also learned that legal issues often intersect with other everyday struggles, and that the term “justice” can mean very different things depending on who you talk to. READ FULL MESSAGE >>