BC lawyers to walk off the job

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Dozens of lawyers plan to walk off the job Saturday to draw attention to a lack of legal aid funding.

Ben Doyle with the Trial Lawyers Association of BC says too many people are forced to represent themselves in court.

“The budget for the legal services society is woefully underfunded to the point that ¬†two-thirds of people who apply for legal aid are denied coverage. It’s too hard for them to qualify for legal aid and too few services are covered in this province.”

Doyle says it all comes down to how the government distributes money, including a tax on legal services.

He says they will “Rally in Robes” on Monday afternoon outside the Vancouver provincial courthouse.

Lawyers plan to be off the job until early August.

Comments

  1. Former Premier GLEN CLARK put a Seven Percent tax on legal services the BC govermins kept on colletcting that money to this day. Money going to General Revenues but only HALF of the estimated moneys collected are actually going to Legal Aid services. If that is true, why is that so?

    Not that I’m a friend of proven criminals or some lawyers but there are people who do deserve legal help and it is a legitimate question, isn’t it?

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