The Courts, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Legal Aid are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice.
The project started in 2014 as a public conversation on what justice means to different people, and how individuals in marginalized communities access legal services and the justice system.
This second phase will focus on gathering people’s experiences with legal services and the justice system. We want people from across the province to share their stories — good and bad — using our online tool at www.talkjustice.ca. Until now, there has been no effective way to measure the complexity of people’s experiences with the justice system. This tool will change that.
Basically, the information people share will be added to a database using software that reveals the stories’ patterns and relationships. What you’re left with is the statistical data that government and organizations need to plan justice programs, policies and services.
Our hope is that by gathering these stories, we’ll gain a better understanding of what’s working in the system and what isn’t, so we can make changes that will improve people’s experiences in the future.
For this project to be successful, we’ll have to gather at least 500 stories by the end of June.
There are three ways you can share your story:
- Using the online tool at www.talkjustice.ca
- Download the free mobile app for Android or iPhone
- Request a paper copy by calling Jane Willwerth at 902-422-1491 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can share as many stories as you like — in fact, we encourage you to share your experiences on a regular basis. And don’t worry — you won’t have to identify yourself or anyone else, and you only need to answer the questions you’re comfortable with.
Please consider sharing your story. Visit www.talkjustice.ca now for more info.