Re-Thinking Access to Criminal Justice in Canada: a Critical Review of Needs, Responses and Restorative Justice Initiatives


The authors are grateful for the research assistance provided by Christine Jenkins, Class of 2002 and by Dahlia Saibil, Class of 2001, Osgoode Hall Law School and for the technical assistance provided by Hazel Pollack and library staff at Osgoode Hall Law School; and for the research assistance of Wayne Francis, Class of 2002 at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law.

The authors also wish to thank Steven Bittle from the Department of Justice for his comments and suggestions on the work-in-progress during our in-person meetings.

About the Authors

Mary Jane Mossman, BA (Hons)(McGill), LLB (Queen's), LLM (London), of the Bars of Ontario and New South Wales. Professor Mossman has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1977. Her teaching areas include Property Law, Family Law, Advanced Family Law, Family Law Policy, Law Gender & Equality, and Feminist Legal Theory. In addition, she has held the position of Visiting Professor at several institutions, including Columbia Law School, Sydney Law School, Queen's Law School, and Windsor Law School. She has also visited Kobe University Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Law at Aix-Marseille as part of Osgoode's exchange programs. Professor Mossman was named the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa in 1995. Prior to commencing her teaching duties at Osgoode, she was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, and was admitted as a Barrister in Australia in 1975. Professor Mossman has been involved, both in her legal scholarship and her community activities, in a variety of issues relating to legal aid and access to justice. She served as the first Clinic Funding Manager of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, and was responsible for community legal clinics, from 1979-1982. More recently, she has produced reports for the Department of Justice on legal aid issues, including a report on gender equality in legal aid services in Canada.

Patricia Hughes, BA (McMaster) 1970, MA (McMaster) 1971, PhD (Toronto) 1975, LLB (Osgoode) 1982, was appointed as the first holder of Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law and was promoted to full Professor as of July 1996. She is a member of the Ontario and New Brunswick bars. Dr. Hughes has been counsel to the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario) (Policy Development), a Vice-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Alternate Chair of the Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and an arbitrator and mediator. Dr. Hughes has published and spoke extensively about legal matters particularly affecting women, including sexual harassment, domestic violence, pay equity and legal aid, and in the areas of labour law, constitutional law and judicial conduct. She has been President of LEAF – NB and a Director of the National LEAF Board. She is Associate Chair of the AID to Scholarly Publications (Social Sciences) Committee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada and has served on a Doctoral Fellowship Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as on a number of editorial boards. Her research interests include constitutional law, dispute resolution and feminist theory and practice. Dr. Hughes is currently Dean of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary.

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