The legal aid system in British Columbia is in crisis. A decade of cuts to services and underfunding has made it impossible to keep up with the need for legal representation. Our court system is clogged to the point where people accused of serious crimes walk free because their cases can’t be heard in time.
Meanwhile, women, children and seniors in critical situations are unable to access legal representation when they need it, exposing them to more danger. Our most vulnerable citizens are the ones who need legal aid the most – and we can’t adequately provide it.
Something has to be done.
Legal Aid in BC is provided by the LSS. Financial and issue eligibility requirements for legal aid in BC change and are adjusted by the LSS in response to the funds available to them from time to time. For information on current eligibility requirements visit www.lss.bc.ca
The 2012 CEDAW report card is out! Every year on October 18 – Persons Day – West Coast LEAF publishes a Report Card measuring BC’s compliance with the internationally protected human rights of women and girls enshrined in the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The Convention requires states to [...]
Let’s keep the Day for Legal Aid conversation going – a number of the panellists from the Day for Legal Aid panel will take questions on the importance of the legal aid system in British Columbia on our Facebook page – submit yours and we will work on getting you an answer. Please note: [...]
Watch the TV promo for We Need Legal Aid. Share this video to get your friends interested in supporting the campaign. www.weneedlegalaid.com
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