IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO?
The Administrative Justice system affects many more citizens than the Criminal system, but it rarely gets the same attention. Adjudicative tribunals do work that would otherwise be done by the Courts. Major adjudicative tribunals in Ontario include the Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Automobile Accident Benefits Service. In theory, the burden on the Courts is relieved when cases dealing with specific rights and obligations are dealt with by tribunals with specialized expertise. In reality, today the administrative justice system is faced with multi-year backlogs resulting in unacceptably large delays. “Justice delayed is justice denied.” This session, with an emphasis on women’s issues, examined on going issues with tribunals like the Landlord Tenant Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and explored some remedial actions to resolve issues.
In addition to their extensive experience in the administrative justice sector, both speakers–Kathy Laird and Brian Cook–are also members of Tribunal Watch Ontario, a public interest organization with a mission to monitor Ontario’s adjudicative tribunal system, to advocate for adjudicative independence, and to promote access to justice for all Ontarians. They introduced Tribunal Watch’s recommendation for a Judicial Council to limit political interference in the administrative justice process and to ensure competent adjudicators are appointed. The November 26th session was recorded. To request the recording link please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
You may view and download Kathy’s and Brian’s presentations by clicking on the links below.
- Human Rights Protection in Ontario – Kathy Laird
- The Ontario Adjudicative Tribunal System – Brian Cook
Kathy spoke to us about the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), from its formation in 2008 to the current day situation, with an HRTO backlog of over 9,000 applications. Brian spoke about the adjudicative tribunal system in Ontario overall, and the work and recommendations of Tribunal Watch Ontario.