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
On October 2nd, law students from around the province tuned in for A Day for Legal Aid. Watch the re-broadcast here. Click to view full screen. Keep the conversation going by commenting on our Facebook page and Twitter and tag #WNLA
CBABC President Dean Crawford discusses access to justice on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show. Click here for details.