VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is preaching the need for improved access to justice for the public, particularly for civil and family matters.

Beverley McLachlin raised the issue in a speech to the Canadian Bar Association‘s annual conference in Vancouver. She blames costs and delays in litigation for preventing people from bringing grievances to the justice system.

McLachlin believes there are many issues preventing people from having their day in court, such as a lack of judges, and the number of cases before the courts.

She says judicial leaders across the country must make an effort to ensure the court systems in their jurisdictions are running smoothly, and if people don’t think they can get access to justice, they won’t have high respect for the law.