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More work needed to achieve gender equality: Supreme Court chief justice

CALGARY - The head of the Supreme Court of Canada says progress is being made in attracting more women to the legal profession. But Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin told a legal conference in Calgary on Monday that more work is necessary before equality is achieved. McLachlin said that in the past there were always assumptions about the role of women in society and, to some extent, those assumptions are still in effect.

Report says access to justice in Canada 'abysmal,' calls for change by 2030

SASKATOON - Access to justice in Canada is being described as "abysmal" in a new report from the Canadian Bar Association, which also calls for much more than "quick fix" solutions. The summary report, released Sunday at the association's conference in Saskatoon, says there is profoundly unequal access to justice in Canada. "Inaccessible justice costs us all, but visits its harshest consequences on the poorest people in our communities," says the report.

Chief justice says tough constitutional work to be done on Senate reform

SASKATOON - The Supreme Court of Canada is about to wade into the debate over the future of the Senate, but Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin cautions it will take time. The federal government asked the Supreme Court in February to clarify the government's powers to reform or abolish the Upper Chamber and the court will hear arguments this fall. McLachlin says it can take anywhere from three months to a year for a judgement on difficult cases.

Beverley McLachlin says access to justice a challenge for many Canadians

SASKATOON - Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says getting access to justice is a growing problem for many Canadians. And McLachlin says lives can be ruined when legal problems can't be resolved. Speaking in Saskatoon on Saturday, McLachlin says a lot of people don't get access to justice because they don't know where to go. She would like to see action taken to ensure costs are affordable and that there are enough courts and staff to hear cases.
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