Nova Scotia's #TalkJustice project moves to Phase 2

Nova Scotia’s #TalkJustice project is gathering more stories and evidence to feed into a software program that should help identify issues with the justice system in the province.

Barristers' society project turns to SenseMaker software to find themes in stories

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society hopes the project will improve access to justice. (Nova Scotia Barristers' Society)

Nova Scotia's #TalkJustice project is gathering more stories and evidence to feed into a software program that should help identify issues with the justice system in the province.

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society initiative will use SenseMaker to take stories from citizens about their experiences with the justice system and seek connections between them.

It will also provide a look at what the average justice system experience looks like for a person in a particular community, which they hope will help identify problem areas.  

Challenging the justice system

"We want this information to feed into the system ongoing all the time. Hopefully by the fourth phase we'll have a system in place where that feedback can be entering the justice system ongoing," said LaMeia Reddick, a community connector for the barristers' society's project. 

The next step will be looking for ways to challenge the justice system to improve access.

Connecting young people to justice

Randolph White works at Halifax Public Libraries and interacts with youth daily. He took part in the first phase of the project to offer a youth perspective on access to justice.

"There's always room for improvement and collaborating with the community can take the justice system to the next step," said White.

"Some people have the resources, some people have the ideas, and being able to connect those to make a better situation happen here in HRM [will create] the best justice system we can for everybody."