Canadian Lawyer Magazine – Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Legal Aid

Legal Aid cash running low

Canadian Lawyer Magazine article discussing the Lawyers Rights Watch Canada submissions on Legal Aid in British Columbia.

Issues include not only decades of legal aid underfunding, as a result of revenue from a special tax on legal services being diverted from its intended purpose, but also the need for legal aid to be delivered by an organization that is independent of government.

Because the provincial government is responsible for prosecuting criminal and child apprehension cases, a legal aid service provider charged with defending such cases should be independent of the provincial government.