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Fixing BC’s Justice System With Regular People

I bumped into this video on Youtube where a person was simply talking about ideas on how the justice system can be changed for the better in his views in an effort to reduce things like the extraordinary delays in processing cases. For the most part, he was talking about how you shouldn’t need to be say a lawyer or a judge to help judge a case, so to speak.

He talked about this interesting example in a village where there was a mini “court” that consisted mainly of people in the community. Essentially, both sides were able to state their case and afterwards literally anyone in the community that had something to say or ask about it would. Apparently the whole process took like a day only and a resolution was met. You can see the video here:

While that may sound stupid to a lot of people, I was thinking as in many ways it’s no different than having a designated “jury” except in this scenario that “jury” is opened to everyone that is interested in the issue. I guess another debatable point that was mentioned would be is the only real way to fix the system is to allow people other than lawyers to be say the decision maker? With my limited knowledge of the current system for example, the only way a person can be a “judge” is if they have been a lawyer and are voted amongst people who are in the industry. That would make perfect sense on why it feels like the whole process was built for lawyers and judges as it essentially is.

I was even thinking before with my court case, imagine if it was as simple as both parties are in a designated room where the whole thing is live streamed for everyone in the community to judge and question. Maybe it’s just me too, but that sounds a heck of a lot cheaper even for archiving purposes rather than an individual having to pay like $800+ dollars for a “transcript.” Makes it more accessible too if say there was a publically funded site where anyone and everyone can have the ease of accessing the cases to reference.

Like now for example, there is no way an average individual is going to pay like $800 to catch up on the latest cases in town so that they can evaluate if the system is working or not per se. In my view too, that is one of the biggest reasons on why it doesn’t seem like anything gets fixed or changed as people simply don’t have the firsthand knowledge of what is really happening in those court rooms other than the sensational stories that get published in the media. Overall though, I agree with the notion that more “regular” people are needed to fix this situation.

Reading Similar Stories When It Comes To Family Law Courts In BC

I was reading this story recently about a lady here in Vancouver named Alison MacLean and how she was trying to go through the BC legal system here that dealt with the family court system. The two articles I read were at http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/223985901.html and http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/02/04/courting-a-crisis/ .

Essentially she was forced to self-represent herself in court as a result of how costly the whole process is. What really caught my attention is that the articles implied that she is going to use her experience to try and make change to the system. In it was suggested that she wants things such as a one judge case per rule, how self-represented individuals should get more resources and more ability to investigate against officers of the court.

I was thinking to myself “So my experience is not so uncommon.” While my case that I use as an example here doesn’t deal with family law, it can’t be a coincidence that in many ways she has kind of come up with the same conclusions and experiences having gone through the process. With that in mind, maybe I should try and find more published stories out there.

Just watch, I bet one day everyone will get together and create a compelling documentation with so many different examples that there is no way anyone can say things are working as intended. I know people like us are putting ourselves at risk in some ways in sharing our stories, but someone has to do it.