Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Canadian Family Law Reform

From the Globe and Mail:

One of Canada's best hopes for family-law reform is Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler: He is influential, has a track record of reform and has sounded a steady drumbeat for change. And his patience is wearing thin.

“At a certain point, let's not adjust any more,” Chief Justice Winkler said from his home in rural Ontario. “This has been studied to death. We have to sit down with a white piece of paper and redesign the system. It has to be made cheaper, faster and simpler, without convoluted rules.”

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Chief Justice Winkler's manifesto for change, which he has been advocating for about a year, is based on a premise that most litigants cannot afford the financial and emotional toll of navigating a cumbersome process that leads from separation to the final dissolution of a marriage.

His model system would see a “triage” judge hear the gist of a case as soon as an action is launched. The judge would decide which track it is best suited for: mediation, traditional court processes, quick movement to decide child custody, and so on.

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MR

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I agree with Chief Justice Winkler 100%, the family law court system is too cumbersome and must be simplified in order to ensure that litigants, both rich and poor have equal access to the legal system.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham | Jul 21, 2011 7:19:52 PM

I agree with Chief Justice Winkler 100%, the family law court system is too cumbersome and must be simplified in order to ensure that litigants, both rich and poor have equal access to the legal system.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham | Jul 21, 2011 7:19:56 PM

Chief Justice Winkler sounds like a trail blazer.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Sep 10, 2011 4:30:32 PM

I really like what Chief Justice Winkler is trying to achieve. I wish lawmakers in Oklahoma would step up like that.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyers | Sep 20, 2011 7:17:42 PM

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