How you can help
Article and story writer
If you are a good writer and would like to write about some of the injustices in our justice system, then help by writing articles for distribution about the various horror stories involving the family and criminal justice systems. We publish and distribute articles such as Canada Court Watch Report, the Canadian Family Forum and the Children's Aid Watch Report. Articles are published and distributed right across Canada and in other countries throughout the world.
Write your own letter about the system
One thing that everyone should do is to write a letter to their member of provincial and federal Parliament. Most importantly send us your letter and let one of our volunteer editors help you to make your letter most effective. We will also put you in contact with volunteers who will help you to see that your letter get distributed most effectively. Sending your letter to only your own MP, MLA or MPP is not effective as sending to them ALL.
Help others to write their letters
If you possess good letter writing skills and would like to help others write their letter then help by helping others to write their letter. There are many people out there who have been destroyed by the family justice system and are just too distraught to write their own letter or either do not have the skills to write an effective letter.
Commercial or Computer Graphics Artist
If you have experience as a commercial artist or computer graphics artist, your services may be required from time to time to produce original artwork and designs for use in articles, newsletters or website use.
If you have experience with database development then you may help by helping to develop or manage databases locally or regionally.
If you like to produce newsletters, then become a local newsletter producer. Gather articles from writers and coordinate the printing and distribution of Family Justice Review or Canada Court Watch Program Newsletter.
If you would like to review the work of others and have good editing skills then become one of our editors.
Contact and Support Person
If you like to talk to people and are interested in helping people on a more individual basis then you may become one of the contact and support persons in your community. Support persons will help direct callers to necessary resources and generally provide whatever help they can to help that person. Contact persons serve as the front line workers to put people on the right track of solving their problems.
Computer Technical Advisor
If you have good skills with computers or software, then get your name listed as a computer technical advisor. Help others in the community to get their computers set up to be most effective in communicating with others. If you are a computer consultant full time, some of those with resources may pay you for your services.
Court Watcher Observer
Court Watchers attend court and make observations regarding the general conduct of those in the court system from judges all the way down to the administration staff. The role of Court Watchers is to ensure that justice is being administered fairly and respectfully to all. Court Watchers are given training with procedures that will make their attendance most effective. Court Watchers also provide helpful information to those in the courts and help direct those people to resources in the community. Where evidence would suggest that someone is not obtaining justice then information is passed on to the Family Justice Review Committee for possible review and investigation.
Administrator for Community Certified Lawyer Referral Program
Local administrators for the lawyer referral program will maintain separate files on each of the lawyers in their immediate geographical area and maintain a record of all complaints and/or recommendations about the lawyers. Administrators will make contact with new lawyers in their area and keep the list current. A list of all lawyers who agree to participate as part of the referral service will be promoted by the service in the community. The Administrator of the referral program will:
Justice investigators will review matters brought forth to them which would appear to involve injustice against any individual or family. Sometimes investigators will be called upon by the Family Justice Review Committee to handle an entire case or in other situations, investigators may be called upon to assist another investigator. Investigators should be able to keep good records and communicate effectively as well as be able to produce quality reports.
Fax communication coordinator
If you have a computer or fax machine and have the resources with your equipment to make others in your community aware of problems by sending out faxes, then you may help by managing a fax center in your community. You may assist with developing databases of contact people and sending out material to those on local contact lists who wish to keep up to date with issues of justice in their communities.
Webmasters will assist to update and maintain websites for the Family Justice Review Committee or the Canada Court Watch Program. Currently, we use Microsoft Front Page as the web page software.
E mail group moderator
For those with some computer and E mail experience, you may become a moderator of an E mail communications group.
If you like working with families and feel that you can fill the role of a mediator and conflict resolution person, then become a Family Coordinators. Family Coordinators receive training for this position. Family Coordinators may also attend other courses should they seek full time employment in helping children and families.
If you think that you can help raise money for activities promoted by the Justice Review Committee or the Canada Court Watch Program then contact us.
If you possess teaching or instructional skills or just feel that you could fill this role, then become a trainer to help others to fill positions such as Court Watchers or Justice Investigators, Family Coordinators, etc.
Professional legal or health care advisor
If you are a professional such as a lawyer or health care professional, and believe in the founding principles of the Family Justice Review Committee, and would like to contribute your services as a professional then you may elect to be part of our professional advisory body. The Family Justice Review Committee has a number of highly qualified lawyers and highly accredited health care professionals who support our work.
Commissioner of Oaths
One of the services that the Family Justice Review Committees wishes to have available in each community is the services of a Commissioner of Oaths. A Commissioner of Oaths person will assist people in the community by witnessing signatures for a reasonable fee and where people are financially disadvantages, to provide this service free of charge.
Media Relations Persons
If you are good dealing with the media then help by becoming a media relations person in your area. Media relations persons will be expected to develop a relationship with the media in their area and help to organize initiatives to bring matters of injustice to the attention of the media.