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The Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS), now known as the Indigenous Justice Program, supports community-based justice programs that offer alternatives to mainstream justice processes in appropriate circumstances. Created to provide alternatives to the mainstream system, the Indigenous Justice program provides funding to communities through two categories: The Community-Based Justice fund and the Capacity-Building Fund. Community-Based Justice currently funds 197 community-based programs that serve over 750 communities.he objectives of the Community-Based Justice Fund component are:

to allow Indigenous people the opportunity to assume greater responsibility for the administration of justice in their communities;
to help reduce the rates of crime and incarceration among Indigenous people in communities with cost-shared programs; and,
to foster improved responsiveness, fairness, inclusiveness, and effectiveness of the justice system with respect to justice and its administration so as to meet the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people. The Capacity-Building Fund is designed to support capacity-building efforts in Indigenous communities, particularly as they relate to building increased knowledge and skills for the establishment and management of community-based justice programs.

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2015
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Department of Justice, Indigenous Justice Systems, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Reconciliation, Community engagement, Restorative Justice
Federal

The virtual panel explored how Indigenous justice, RJ or customary law approaches are used in two First Nations and one Inuit context. The panel helped to highlight that while RJ principles may have strong parallels to Indigenous legal principles and traditions, they are not the same thing. Several panellists highlighted the fundamental importance of community relationships in Indigenous justice approaches and the goal of meeting the needs of the collective rather than focusing primarily on the reparation of harm for an individual. Canada’s adoption of the UN Declaration and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report provide support to Indigenous nations and groups that are asserting their rights to maintain and reclaim their own justice systems and legal traditions as an expression of the larger right of self-determination.

Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2022
Date Published: Jul. 1, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  access to justice; dispute prevention and resolution; Indigenous justice; restorative justice
Federal

The Department of Justice is proposing an Open Justice commitment be included in Canada’s 2020-2022 National Action Plan on Open Government. Access to justice and open government are mutually supportive. Access to justice is a fundamental value in Canada, critical to maintaining and strengthening the rule of law, confidence in the justice system and democracy. However, accessing justice, particularly for civil and family matters, can be difficult for a host of reasons.

Last Updated: Jun. 2, 2020
Date Published: Jun. 1, 2020
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Open justice, Open government, Open Government Partnership, Sustainable Development Goals, UN's Agenda 2030, Access to justice, Programs, Legal aid
Federal

The Department of Justice Canada Research and Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials - Family Justice Research Sub-committee, reviewed research and evaluation studies on the use of technology in the family justice system. The purpose of the review was to explore how technology has been used to increase access to or enhance the experience of individuals in the Canadian family justice system. In 2019, there was initial interest in undertaking this study to explore how technology could help modernize the family justice system. When the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 global pandemic in March 2020, technology was quickly seen as a solution to keep courts open and maintain access to justice.

Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Canadian family justice system, Annotated Bibliography, technology, family law, Justice Services
Federal

The following concepts detailed in the publication were taken from an article written by Howard Zehr and Henry Mika, (1998),"Fundamental Concepts in Restorative Justice", in Contemporary Justice Review, Vol. 1.

At the primary level, restorative justice in Canada is guided by recognizing the need for victims to heal and put right the wrongs. Restorative Justice also grounds itself in engaging with community and recognizing the need for dialogue between victims and offenders as appropriate.

Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2022
Date Published: Feb. 22, 2016
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Department of Justice, Access to Information, Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice, Justice Canada Publications
Federal

Young people identified overrepresentation of the Indigenous population in Canada’s Criminal Justice System (CJS) as unfair, and largely a result of societal discrimination as well as systemic discrimination in the justice system. They also felt that it was symptomatic of the poverty and intergenerational trauma affecting Indigenous communities.

Last Updated: Nov. 22, 2018
Date Published: Jul. 5, 2018
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Young offenders, Aboriginal affairs, Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal youth, Criminal justice, Legal issues, Research
Federal

Restorative Justice (RJ) is based on an understanding that crime causes harm to people and relationships, and it affects communities. RJ is an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about causes, circumstances, and impacts of crime, and to address their needs. RJ seeks to foster healing, reparation and reintegration, while also seeking to prevent future harm.

Last Updated: Jan. 27, 2023
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Restorative justice; access to justice; victims, criminal justice; youth justice
Federal

This research study was undertaken with a view to fulfilling two goals. The first is to take stock of the strengths and weaknesses of the SST Navigator Service with a view to sharing knowledge about this novel service more broadly among administrative tribunals at the federal level, and in the administrative justice systems of the provinces and territories where it may be beneficially adopted. In our view, the Navigator Service may also be beneficial in other jurisdictions beyond Canada. Second, the study aims to consider how the Navigator Service is doing with respect to marginalized communities, in particular.

Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  access to justice, marginalized communities
Federal

The Department of Justice Canada created the first performance monitoring framework (“the Framework”) for Canada’s criminal justice system in 2019. The Framework identified broad expected outcomes, measured by key indicators. The State of the Criminal Justice System Report presents quantitative data on indicators form the Framework. The inaugural State of the Criminal Justice System Report (2019) provided a comprehensive analysis of criminal justice system performance across key indicators.

Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2022
Date Published: May 30, 2019
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Criminal justice, Justice system, Research, Access to information
Federal

Restorative Justice (RJ) is an approach to justice that focuses on addressing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for his or her actions, by providing an opportunity for those directly affected by crime – victims, offenders and communities – to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime. RJ is intended to support healing, reintegration, the prevention of future harm, and reparation, if possible.

RJ processes provide opportunities for victims, offenders, and communities affected by a crime to communicate about the causes, circumstances, and impact of that crime, and to address their related needs. These processes are guided by skilled RJ facilitators and can take different forms depending on the community, program, case, participants, or circumstances.

Last Updated: Jul. 24, 2019
Date Published: Jun. 1, 2019
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Research in Brief, Restorative Justice, Justice system, Victims
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