June 21, 2021

The Advocates’ Society’s Modern Advocacy Task Force Releases Final Report

Peter J. Osborne, Partner at Lenczner Slaght and Chair of The Advocates’ Society’s Modern Advocacy Task Force, is pleased to echo the announcement by The Advocates’ Society of the release by the Task Force of its final report The Right to be Heard: The Future of Advocacy in Canada”.

In 2020, The Advocates' Society established the Modern Advocacy Task Force to review and make recommendations as to the role of oral advocacy in the administration of justice. The final report marks the conclusion of a year of extensive research and analysis, widespread consultation with stakeholders across Canada, and balanced deliberations regarding the Task Force’s recommendations.  

“While the establishment of the Task Force predated the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our work was profoundly affected by the accelerated rate of change we have all experienced over last year.” says Peter J. Osborne. “We not only looked at the role and mode of oral advocacy in the administration of justice, but also considered which interim measures, established last March, ought to be retained, and which ones ought to be refined or discontinued. While the report does not solve all of the challenges faced by the justice system, we believe the report is a crucial starting point to the debate about the role of oral advocacy and modes of hearing for court proceedings. The Task Force hopes that its recommendations, and the basis for them as set out in the report, will be considered by our Courts, Attorneys General and all stakeholders in the justice system.”

Click here to read the final report.

About the Modern Advocacy Task Force

The Modern Advocacy Task Force is composed of a national group of members of The Advocates' Society's Board of Directors, 10+ Standing Committee, and Young Advocates' Standing Committee, with expertise in diverse areas of law and representation across Canadian jurisdictions. They are guided by an advisory panel of some of the most respected jurists and counsel in our country, including former justices of the Supreme Court of Canada and current and former judges of provincial appellate courts. Learn more here.