BC report recommends legal aid be a public service
Social and economic costs of failed system borne by communities.
by Jeremy Hainsworth, The Lawyers Weekly
VANCOUVER, BC, March 18, 2011: Women, children, aboriginals, refugees, mental health patients, low-income individuals, and rural communities are most underserved by BC's legal aid system, reveals a new report entitled Making the Case for Legal Aid as an Essential Public Service.
The report recommends that more individuals should be eligible for legal aid. It also states that legal information is not a substitute for legal aid.
"BC's legal aid system is failing to meet the human, economic, and social needs of British Columbians and should be an essential service like health care, says a new commission report into the system.
'It is... as essential as education, healthcare, and social assistance. The legal aid system picks up where our other social systems fail and timely legal aid can often significantly reduce the strain on healthcare and social assistance,' said veteran BC lawyer Len Doust, who headed a public commission on legal aid launched in June 2010..."
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Posted: March 28, 2011
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