Canadian Bar Association launches test case to challenge constitutional right to civil legal aid

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 was filed in the BC Supreme Court on June 20. "Legal aid is in crisis. This test case is vitally important to poor people. It would be impossible for a poor person to bring this case on his or her own..." said Paulette Halupa, president of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO). The CBA statement can be read online.