Canadian Legal Community Helps Haiti Rebuild Justice System
The most recent issue of The Lawyers Weekly is reporting on Canadian efforts to help Haiti with the reconstruction of its justice system after the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean island a few months ago:
"More than four months after the massive earthquake that killed nearly 250,000 people, left 1 million others homeless and leveled the capital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Canadian legal community is slowly beginning to shift its focus from providing emergency response to helping Haiti lay the groundwork towards the reconstruction of a justice system that will 'avoid the excesses of the past'."
"In the past two weeks, an agreement was signed with the Barreau de Port-au-Prince to help put in place legal aid for victims. The Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada organized a roundtable with a host of organizations that reached agreement to collaborate together to assist with judicial reform in Haiti. And the Barreau de Montréal stepped up efforts to develop a long-term project aimed at providing Haitian lawyers with professional development."