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Trust in Justice

We live in a time when "homegrown terrorism" is in the headlines; governments are elected with a "law and order" agenda; corporations are submitting disputes to private resolution, and the cost of legal services is beyond the reach of most Canadians.

Our legal system is challenged by an increasing number and complexity of cases, security concerns, self-represented litigants and a growing sense of public dissatisfaction.

The rule of law in Canada is the fundamental foundation of our democracy. It forms the basis of our sense of safety, harmony and peace in our communities. However, if the public does not trust its legal institutions and processes, the entire system is at risk.

In order to examine the extent of that risk, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society and the Dalhousie Law School have organized a discussion series on 'Trust in the Justice System'. The series of four public sessions, comprised of an opening lecture and three panel discussions, focuses on public perceptions and realities, possibilities and reasonable expectations of the justice system. The panel discussions explore critical questions in three key areas - criminal justice, family justice and civil justice. All sessions will be held at the Dalhousie Law School (6061 University Avenue).

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