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VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
Our first colloquium was held two years ago in November 2016. At that
time, we had a lively and stimulating discussion about the general state of
legal aid in this province. Two years later, nothing has changed! Today’s colloquium
is focused on the problems that arise from the constriction of
access to the justice system.
Our presenters represent diverse interests and will address some of the
1. How groups and organizations that deliver legal services are coping,
particularly women’s groups.
2. How the police are dealing with the challenges they encounter.
3. The problems arising from the proliferation of unrepresented
4. How to ameliorate the difficulties faced by persons with mental
5. Access issues faced by Aboriginal persons.
Hopefully two years hence, no one will have to say that nothing has
THE LAW SOCIETY’S VISION FOR
PUBLIC LEGAL AID IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The rule of law is the foundation of our democratic society. Every person must
have the opportunity to understand how the rule of law affects their daily lives.
Legal Aid is an essential service necessary to ensure all persons have that opportunity
and understand its effect and to access our justice system.
Access to justice is a fundamental human right, and:
(a) Our democratic society cannot exist without the rule of law, and
the rule of law depends on all people having meaningful and effective
access to justice,
(b) not all people in society have the ability or means to access justice,