Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

Current Projects

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family is engaged in a variety of research projects relating to law and the family for funders including government and government agencies, universities, bar associations, courts, social serving agencies and the Alberta Law Foundation. This page describes our current publicly-funded projects; our completed reports, articles, papers and presentations are available in the Publications section of our website.

The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project
Launched: April 2017
Expected report completion: August 2018

We are working with a group of Alberta lawyers to evaluate lawyers' and clients' satisfaction with limited scope legal services, also called unbundled legal services or brief legal services. The project launched on 3 April 2017 and provides a roster of Alberta lawyers trained in and prepared to provide limited scope services. The project promotes limited scope services, the services of participating lawyers, and will collect data over an 18-month period to determine lawyers' perceptions of the profitability and enjoyability of limited scope work and clients' satisfaction with those services as an alternative to traditional start-to-finish legal representation.

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Case Conference Pilot Project Assessment
Expected report completion: August 2018

The Institute is working with the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench to assess the outcomes of a mandatory case conferencing pilot project applicable to selected family law cases. The project will assess litigant satisfaction with the pilot project and attempt to determine the efficacy of early case conferencing in promoting settlement, narrowing the range and number of issues in dispute in family law cases, and reducing the number of family law cases resolved by trial.

Children's Participation in Justice Processes: Views and Attitudes of the Bench
Expected report completion: July 2018

We are working with the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench to examine Queen's Bench justices' views on the importance of soliciting children’s views in family law proceedings that affect them, the best ways to determine those views, and the extent to which they have had experience with soliciting children’s views in their cases. The project builds on a survey of legal and mental health professionals participating in the Institute's symposium on children's participation in justice processes and will yield recommendations for the reform of policy and process and for future research.

Evaluation of the Family Justice Incubator Project
Expected report completion: August 2018

We are evaluating the outcomes of Aspire Legal Services, a family law incubator established thought the University of Calgary to provide focussed training in family law for articled students as well as legal services for Calgarians who do not qualify for legal aid but cannot afford to retain private counsel.

Analysis of Alberta Summary Legal Advice Clinic Surveys
Expected report completion: May 2018

The Institute is working with the Alberta Law Foundation and Alberta's legal advice clinics to evaluate the overall efficiency of and client satisfaction with summary legal advice services. The project is also aimed a helping legal advice clinics become more proficient in evaluating their own services.

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