Court Decision on Legal Fees for Poor Clients Overturned

The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a lower court decision to scrap the provincial tax on legal fees in BC. Dugald Christie, a lawyer who helped found the Western Canada Society to Access Justice had argued that the tax discriminates against poor clients by making it harder for them to afford legal counsel. He was killed by a vehicle while riding his bike across Canada to publicize the campaign to make justice more accessible to people living in poverty. Read a CBC article about the court decision, "Top court overturns decision to scrap tax on legal fees" and Dugald Christie's blog.