Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone Launches Challenge to Improve Access to Justice

TORONTO – May 10, 2016 – Last night, the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, with support from Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, announced the launch of the Ontario Access to Justice Challenge, an initiative that will seek to improve access to justice through innovation.

The Ontario Access to Justice Challenge will offer up to six successful innovative startups admission to the LIZ to develop their ideas.  The best among them will share $50,000 in seed money.  The Challenge is expected to result in products, technologies, or processes that will have a direct positive impact on access to justice in Ontario.  Founders or co-founders whose startups contribute to the public’s access to the justice system are encouraged to apply.

Access to justice is one of the most significant challenges facing the legal profession in Ontario,” said Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General of Ontario. “We want to engage students, innovators and legal enthusiasts to share their ideas on how to make the justice system faster, easier and more affordable.”

“Finding ways to deliver legal services faster, simpler and more affordably will give many more people access to those services,” said Chris Bentley, Executive Director of the LIZ. “This unique approach will unleash innovators to deliver the justice Ontarians and businesses need in the way that they need it.”

Applications for the Ontario Access to Justice Challenge will open Tuesday, May 10.  For complete program details, terms and conditions, visit http://legalinnovationzone.ca/a2jchallenge

About Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University

The Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University is a co-working space and incubator for the people whose ideas will change the status quo of Canada’s legal system. The Legal Innovation Zone helps support, foster and develop solutions and technologies that aim to improve the justice system and legal services. http://www.legalinnovationzone.ca/

For further information, contact:

Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone
hperlis@ryerson.ca or 416-562-991

Brendan Crawley, Communications Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General

416-326-2210