Lawyers Protest Cuts To Legal Aid

A group of B.C. lawyers providing duty counsel services have announced their plan to disrupt the system through a refusal to provide services. They will target the beginning of 2012 to stop serving those who are unable to obtain their own legal counsel. Their protest comes on the heels of a report criticizing access to justice under the cutback and beleaguered legal aid system in B.C.. The report was prepared by the The Public Commission on Legal Aid, after a series of consultations with the public across B.C.

Alberta's legal aid system is facing protests as well. Citing the negative affects of barriers to access created to save costs in the system, lawyers gathered outside the Law Courts in Edmonton to bring the problem to the public's attention.