Who is behind this great idea?
The following five organizations are committed to improving access to justice in Ontario. Individually they do great work and make a difference for many Ontarians trying to navigate the justice system. Together, they have chosen to Flip their Wig for Justice and hope to enroll your support in making a significant contribution to the conversation and solutions around access to justice.
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
- Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- METRAC – Action on Violence
- Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN)
- Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC)
Together our organizations:
- Provide free legal help for people who can’t afford to pay a lawyer
- Disseminate legal information to people who need help understanding their legal problems
- Pursue justice for individuals who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime
- Educate youth about the legal system and their rights and responsibilities as Canadians
- Expose rights violations in Canada
- Encourage lawyers to donate their time to provide free legal assistance
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a national, independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization constituted to promote respect for, and observance of, fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties. CCLA’s education arm, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a non-profit research and educational organization. Created by CCLA, CCLET’s function is to introduce Canadians to the exploration of civil liberties and to help in the development of democratic habits such as critical thinking about rights and freedoms.
Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario is an independent non-profit organization that specializes in public legal education and information. It produces clear, accurate, and practical legal rights information to help people who have low incomes or face other barriers, such as language or literacy, to understand and exercise their legal rights. It also supports other community groups in their public legal education work.
METRAC works with individuals, communities and institutions to change ideas, actions and policies with the goal of ending violence against women and youth. Delivering relevant and boundary-breaking services and programs, we focus on education and prevention and use innovative tools to build safety, justice and equity.
The Ontario Justice Education Network is dedicated to promoting understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system. OJEN/ROEJ delivers justice education programming for youth and those who serve youth to foster public understanding of the justice system and the challenges it faces while supporting and encouraging the values of a public, transparent and accessible justice system. By building legal capability OJEN/ROEJ is providing a preventative solution to the access to justice problem.
Le ROEJ a été fondé en 2002 par les trois anciens juges en chef des tribunaux de l’Ontario. Il a depuis off ert la chance aux jeunes de l’Ontario de créer des liens signifi catifs avec le système de justice.
Pro Bono Students Canada is a national program with chapters at 21 law schools across the country. PBSC places law student volunteers in the community to provide high quality, professional legal assistance to low-income individuals, as well as non-profit organizations. PBSC offers students supervised opportunities to develop their legal skills, while increasing access to justice in diverse communities. PBSC also holds events to promote the value of pro bono service among future generations of lawyers.