Today is the last day of action for dozens of lawyers in B.C. who are protesting a lack of support for people who can’t afford a lawyer.
But the group responsible says this is just the beginning.
At least 100 lawyers in Vancouver and Kamloops refused to take legal aid clients for the past five weeks in a bid to squeeze more funding out of the province.
“The courtroom’s been a lot slower.”
Ben Doyle with the Trial Lawyers Association of BC says they’ve planned more withdrawals for the first week of the month, starting in October, until the end of 2015. Lawyers from Abbotsford, Victoria and other areas will join those from Kamloops and Vancouver who have already been protesting.
“Too many people are self-represented litigants simply because they’ve not qualified for legal aid. The reason they can’t qualify is it’s too hard to qualify. And too few services are covered.”
Some cases were thrown out during a similar withdrawal two years ago because no attorneys were available.