News - Legal aid

May 28, 2014
Several dozen Vancouver lawyers plan to withdraw their services this summer to protest a lack of legal aid funding. At least 100 Vancouver lawyers plan not to take any legal aid clients for five...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
Cuts to legal aid in B.C. have created barriers for women fleeing domestic violence, and abusive partners able to use the legal system to continue harassment. There is currently a 25-hour funding cap...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Violence, Women, British Columbia
March 10, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia. The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, British Columbia
September 17, 2013
The Legal Services Society (LSS), the administer of Legal Aid in BC, is facing a large budget shortfall and is advising legal aid lawyers not to book any criminal, child protection cases or do any...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
July 25, 2013
Legal aid clinics in Ontario are facing another budget cut from Legal Aid Ontario.
Keywords: Legal Aid, Ontario
July 18, 2012
A new website focused on family law in Nova Scotia has recently launched. Nova Scotia Family Law website aims to meet the needs of families and professional stakeholders involved with family justice...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, Nova Scotia
March 27, 2012
A report released yesterday calls on the provincial government to restore funding and begin a strategic reform of the criminal justice system. The report, “Justice Denied - The Causes of B.C.’s...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Legal Research, British Columbia
October 13, 2011
"We Need Legal Aid" is the name of a new website produced by the Canadian Bar Association BC to press for more provincial funding for legal aid in that province. http://www.weneedlegalaid.com You...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
October 13, 2011
"It is shameful that in our wealthy province we no longer have resources available which would give real help to parties in this situation," wrote B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell in a...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia
October 13, 2011
A group of B.C. lawyers providing duty counsel services have announced their plan to disrupt the system through a refusal to provide services. They will target the beginning of 2012 to stop serving...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Aid, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
August 24, 2011
An August 23rd Editorial in the New York Times investigates how economic inequalities affect access to justice. While the piece targets the situation in the United States, it's conclusions are just...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Aid, International
August 22, 2011
The City of Vancouver has struggled to force the owners of two Vancouver Single Room Occupancy hotels to clean up their properties and fix the multitude of reported problems. Recently the situation...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
100 Mile House & District Women's Centre has received funding from the Legal Services Society to provide a range of legal services in the 100 Mile House area. More details area available in this...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 5, 2011
Visit CBC.Ca's Here and Now Toronto to hear CLEONet executive director Julie Mathews speaking to Laura Di Battista about barriers to accessing Legal Aid in Ontario. Click here for the press release...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, Ontario
March 8, 2011
Len Doust's report, "Foundation for Change: Report on the Public Legal Commission on Legal Aid in BC" reflects problems with lack of services: "The need for legal aid for poverty law matters is...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
November 10, 2010
It’s time for a complete overhaul of BC’s legal aid system, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund)....
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
October 14, 2010
The final version of the Public Commission on Legal Aid video is up on YouTube. The Public Commission on Legal Aid was established to engage the public of British Columbia on the future of legal aid...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
October 9, 2010
As the Public Commission on Legal Aid makes its way around the province, community groups have expressed concern over the lack of legal aid for poverty law and the links between legal aid and other...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
September 30, 2010
The Public Commission on Legal Aid is currently traveling around BC to talk to people about their priorities for legal aid in the province. In Prince George recently, over 75 people came out to voice...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
September 14, 2010
Last Friday more then 100 people received free legal advice in Victory Square during the Pro Bono Going Public, an event meant to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford legal service and...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
June 28, 2010
A coalition of legal justice organizations have launched a Public Commission on Legal Aid due to concerns over legal aid cuts in BC. The commission will hold hearings across BC to engage the public...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
June 25, 2010
The CBA has released a new report on legal aid in Canada called,Moving Forward on Legal Aid: Research on Needs and Innovative Approaches. The report considers the current state of legal aid, both in...
Keywords: Legal Aid, All of Canada
February 25, 2010
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
January 25, 2010
The following is a brief timeline and backgrounder on the cuts to legal aid in BC culled from various press releases and news articles. See the links in the More Information section below for more...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
January 12, 2010
On January 11th, members of the Kamloops bar withdrew all duty to protest the closure of five regional legal aid offices. Duty counsel are lawyers paid by the Legal Services Society to help lower...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
November 4, 2009
Below is the Hansard transcript from the November 3rd, 2009 Legislative Assembly about the Legal Aid cuts. LEGAL AID SERVICES L. Krog: Today we've learned that Legal Services' budget is going to be...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, British Columbia
November 3, 2009
The Legal Services Society has announced that they will be closing five legal aid offices in towns across BC and laying off 58 staff members. This is the second time this year LSS has announced...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, Legal aid cuts, British Columbia
February 6, 2009
West Coast LEAF and PIVOT Legal Society are asking individuals and organizations to sign their online petition to restore legal aid in BC. According to the petition: The recent continuation of cuts...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Organizing, British Columbia
February 6, 2009
Some update and history of legal aid cuts in BC: In January, the Legal Services Society announced that due to a significant increase in demand for legal aid, a decrease in non-government funding and...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
January 24, 2009
Check out PovNet's listings on how to apply for legal aid in provinces and territories across Canada.
Keywords: Legal Aid, All of Canada
September 28, 2008
West Coast LEAF has put together a short educational pamphlet on family law, access to justice and specifically legal aid to be used all candidates meetings or other election events.
Keywords: Legal Aid, Legal Research, British Columbia
October 15, 2007
Shelagh Day and Gwen Brodsky have authored a study entitled: Women and the Canada Social Transfer: Securing the Social Union (in PDF). The report explains how social assistance and legal aid have...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
May 25, 2007
The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a lower court decision to scrap the provincial tax on legal fees in BC. Dugald Christie, a lawyer who helped found the Western Canada Society to Access...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
November 8, 2006
The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada is taking the federal government to court over the government's decision to cut the court challenges program. The program set aside...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, All of Canada
September 9, 2006
In a September 6, 2006 Canadian Bar Association release, the association reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to a constitutional right to civil legal aid and access to justice. This followed the BC...
Keywords: Legal Aid, All of Canada
November 7, 2005
British Columbia's Legal Services Society (LSS) is loosening up their requirements for low income earners to recieve legal assistance. The new requirements are based on the Market Basket Measure...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
June 29, 2005
Prince Edward Island's government is resisting a move by the opposition to provide legal aid funding for Workers Compensation claims. The opposition is stating that it is unfair to make Workers...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Workers' Rights, Prince Edward Island
June 19, 2005
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has officially launched the ground-breaking test case that will challenge the constitutional right to civil legal aid in British Columbia. The statement of claim...
Keywords: Legal Aid, All of Canada
January 23, 2005
The Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC BC) talked to people around the province about the poverty law services that remain in place following the withdrawal of legal aid funding, and...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
October 16, 2004
As a result of legal aid cuts women are losing custody of their children, giving up valid legal rights to support, and being subjected to litigation harassment, according to a new report. It finds...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia