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Submission to provincial Legal Aid Services Review - BCGEU

A robust public legal aid program is essential for realising the fundamental right to justice for all British Columbians, and the BCGEU has long advocated for improvements to the province's legal aid services. The B.C. government is currently conducting an independent review of B.C.'s legal aid service delivery system, and your union has made a submission to this process.

In this submission we call on government to rebuild and revitalize the delivery of high-quality legal aid services by taking actions in the following key areas:

  1. Re-establishing LSS offices across B.C.
  2. Opening specialized legal clinics.
  3. Building a foundation of in-house staff lawyers.
  4. Increasing human resources.

The guiding objective for reorganizing and improving legal aid delivery should be the protection and reinforcement of a rights-based system of representation for those who need assistance. This means legal aid should be available whenever human dignity is at stake.

It is expected that government will report out on the review's results by Spring 2019.

Read the full submission