Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the Civil Justice System & the Public research project (the “CJSP”) undertaken by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and several research partners from 2001 to 2006. The CJSP was an ambitious and complex project, spanning several years and involving a multi-tracked, multi-party evaluation of communication practices in the already complex arena of Canada’s civil justice system. Designed as collaborative action research, this was not a static project: over the course of five years, the project objectives and research processes continuously evolved as the research produced new and better information about various aspects of communication in the civil justice system. Getting the word out about the project, what is often termed “dissemination activity,” began with the project inception, has continued throughout the research process and is ongoing.

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