Legal Aid

Constitutional challenge to inadequate legal aid services launched today

West Coast LEAF and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) announce a constitutional challenge against the Province of BC and the Legal Services Society for their failure to provide adequate family law legal aid to women fleeing violent relationships. The case is brought on behalf of Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and two individual women, Nicole Bell and A.B., whose safety, well-being, and relationships with their children have been threatened by the lack of legal aid services available to them in their family law disputes. Continue Reading Constitutional challenge to inadequate legal aid services launched today

BC woman’s Charter challenge forces provincial government to provide legal representation to all people detained under the Mental Health Act

A BC woman has won an important legal victory ensuring that everyone detained under the Mental Health Act has access to legal representation Continue Reading BC woman’s Charter challenge forces provincial government to provide legal representation to all people detained under the Mental Health Act

Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”

BC Organizations are calling on the BC government and official opposition to step up for Women’s equality and “commit to implementing – fully and without delay – the UN’s recommendations to demonstrably improve the lives of women in our province” Continue Reading Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”

BC woman launches challenge for right to legal representation in Mental Health Act detentions

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Z.B., a woman currently detained in hospital as an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act, launched a legal challenge in the B.C. Supreme Court, arguing that she has the constitutional right to a government-funded lawyer at an upcoming review of her detention. Continue Reading BC woman launches challenge for right to legal representation in Mental Health Act detentions

REPORT: Refugee Reform & Access to Counsel in British Columbia

Since December 2012 the refugee determination process in Canada has undergone drastic changes. This report is based in-depth interviews and focus groups with refugee claimants, their lawyers and service providers in British Columbia about the impacts of these changes on refugee claimants’ access to legal representation. Continue Reading REPORT: Refugee Reform & Access to Counsel in British Columbia

Legal aid denied: woman asks court to overturn decision

A Lower Mainland woman wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn a B.C. Legal Services Society decision denying her legal aid. Backed by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the woman, who can only be identified as P.G., claims she lacks the skill and confidence to adequately represent herself against an ex-husband she accuses of “emotional and mental abuse.” Continue Reading Legal aid denied: woman asks court to overturn decision