Judge finds BC civil hearing fees a barrier to justice

A B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Mark McEwan has struck down Victoria's civil court hearing fees as unconstitutional. The BC government charges $500 a day for civil court starting on day four of a trial and $800 a day after day ten.

The Canadian Bar Association said the fees made it impossible for lower income income people to have their day in court, and disproportionately blocked first nations, the disabled, immigrants, lone parents and women from access to justice.