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In addition, my ministry has consulted with the Native Courtworker and
Counselling Association of BC (“NCCABC”) on fundamental transformation
to resolve the deep-seated, generational access to justice issues facing
Indigenous persons in B.C. The top priorities identified by NCCABC include
guided pathways related to criminal matters (including applications to a
judge), child protection and child welfare matters, and family violence–
related matters (including both the criminal and family aspects of family
Along with the policy and program supports necessary to enhance access to
justice, there are also physical infrastructure needs that must be considered.
The process leading to a new courthouse in Abbotsford is in progress,
with the completion of the selection process followed by work beginning on
this long-awaited initiative in the Fraser Valley.
I welcome your feedback about budget priorities and our justice system,
including opportunities for increased efficiencies in processes, such as,
for example, by reducing the number of required appearances or otherwise.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your suggestions at
1. RSBC 1996, c 22.
2. Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and
Family Matters, Access to Civil and Family Justice: A
Roadmap for Change (Ottawa: October 2013) at 2
footnotes omitted, online: <www.cfcj-fcjc.org/
3. (21 November 2016), online: <fns.bc.ca/ourresources/