COVID-19, the Shadow Pandemic, and Access to Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
COVID-19, the Shadow Pandemic, and Access to Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence Professor Jennifer Koshan, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, Janet Mosher, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University Wanda Wiegers, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan”
This article provides a preliminary assessment of the extent to which Canada’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have prioritized the safety of women and children, with a focus on the courts and women’s access to justice. The authors – UCalgary Law’s Jennifer Koshan, Osgoode Hall’s Janet Mosher, and University of Saskatchewan’s Wanda Wiegers – examine court directives and judicial decisions triaging which cases would be heard as “urgent,” as well as courts’ decisions on the merits in cases involving domestic violence and COVID-19, spanning the areas of family, child welfare, criminal law, and civil protection orders.

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