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In this context ACE’s 2018/19 plan identifies the following objectives:
• convene and support a multi-stakeholder BC Research Framework
Working Group to advise on the development of justice metrics
across justice sectors;
• work with academics in other provinces to promote national justice
metrics coordination across all Canadian jurisdictions;
• undertake its own research projects;
• establish a conceptual and informational foundation for a justice
metrics framework; and
• build a sustainable core program to ensure ACE’s continuity.
Progress has been made on each of these fronts. The BC Research Framework
Working Group held its first meeting in April and the national Justice
Metrics Working Group has been established with academics from B.C.,
Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. ACE is conducting research into the
costs of family litigation and the impact of legislation on adversarial behaviour.
ACE has also retained researchers to produce six major study papers
intended to inform the design and development of data architecture for the
B.C. justice system. Also, ACE has recently secured a continuing grant from
the Law Foundation of BC, which will help to ensure its continued viability.
All of these matters are discussed in more detail in ACE’s 2018/19 plan,
available online at <www.uvicace.com/ace-plan-201819> .
1. Canadian Bar Association, Reaching Equal Justice
Report: An Invitation to Envision and Act (November
2013), online: <www.cba.org/CBA-Equal-Justice/