Agenda For Justice
As lawyers, CBA members have an interest in ensuring the system of administration of justice is as effective as it can be. As taxpayers, we have an even bigger interest in the return on investment that is provided by an adequately funded and appropriately functioning justice system.
Agenda for Justice is an Alberta Branch initiative aimed at addressing the most pressing justice system challenges facing Albertans today. These include:
For a complete backgrounder on all the issues, download Agenda for Justice – Backgrounders. The Alberta Branch supports addressing these challenges, while concurrently upholding the principles of the Rule of Law.
Justice Matters Infographic demonstrates why a justice system that is accessible, equal, and efficient for all is key to a healthy democracy.
Read Agenda For Justice - Key Messages for a quick summary of the main issues.
The Agenda For Justice - Talking with Candidates brochure will help you open up a conversation about justice issues with any political candidate or sitting politician.
New for this election, we are also profiling any of the lawyers running in this campagin, regardless of party. At the close of this sitting, there were only four lawyers in the Legislature, and lawyers at the table bring value to the legislative process. Consider supporting your peers seeking out a new way to give back to their province. Review the candidate list and further elections information here.
View the "Justice Matters: CBA Alberta's Agenda for Justice" complete package here.
CBA Alberta held a pre-election press conference at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, AB on April 2, 2019, in order to take the opportunity to raise the profile of justice issues. The press conference, featuring CBA President Frank Friesacher, addressed the need for the justice system to receive proper funding. He told the media conference that "less than one percent of the last provincial budget was spent on the justice system in Alberta and that's not enough. We also know that for ever dollar spent on justice, taxpayers save six dollars elsewhere."
Media coverage for this news conference was substantial, with most major media outlets in Alberta covering the story. Articles and videos were posted online on CBC, Global Television, CTV, and many more. You can view the media collateral here.