Representatives from the AFCC-O and other family law organizations met recently with the Attorney General of Ontario about access to justice initiatives being considered. One of the opportunities that is on the radar is consideration for the expansion of the Unified Family Courts (UFC). Supporting community services and other methods of enhancing family access to justice were also discussed. Please consider AFCC-O’s invitation to write to the Ministers of Finance and Justice, and alert your local MP in support of the Unified Family Court reforms.
From 2011 to present, the AFCC-O has supported the expansion of the Unified Family Court (UFC). Now is a crucial time to show support for this important initiative.
We are now facing an historic opportunity: UFC is included in the mandate letters of both the Federal Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Ontario. At the request of the Minister of Justice, the Attorney General of Ontario has submitted a proposal for a two-stage expansion of UFC which would see UFC sites across Ontario by 2025.
It is now critical that funding for UFC expansion in Ontario, and elsewhere across Canada, be included in the 2018 federal budget.
We invite you to write to the Ministers of Justice and Finance, your local MP and any other MP you may know personally to stress the critical need for UFCs and to ask that funding for them is included in the 2018 Federal Budget. We encourage you to use the below UFC draft letter as a template for your correspondence.
Follow this members of parliament link to search for your local MP using your postal code
Follow this parliament link to view a list of Ontario members of parliament by Riding, along with their contact information.
THE AFCC-O’S ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE IDEAL FAMILY COURT COURT INITIATIVES:
In January 2017, the AFCC-O wrote the Honourable Chief Justice Heather Smith asking for her assistance in support of the expansion of the Unified Family Court (UFC) throughout Ontario.
In early 2010, AFCC Ontario called a meeting of its membership to develop a policy statement for the Ideal Family Court in Ontario. Two meetings were held with over 15-20 members from different disciplines sharing and exchanging ideas.