The Battle for Legal Aid in BC
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The BC justice system is seriously underfunded- Access to the courts, proper representation & due process should not come at a premium.
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Two Events on Tap-Re: (1) The Tax on Legal Services (2) Wrongful Convictions

Two Events on Tap-Re: (1) The Tax on Legal Services (2) Wrongful Convictions | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - Separate events this week will highlight two important aspects of the legal system.
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Lawyers Across British Columbia Step Up Efforts in the Battle for Legal Aid

Lawyers Across British Columbia Step Up Efforts in the Battle for Legal Aid | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov.
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The BC Government Upended, Undercut & Undermined its Own Review Process

The BC Government Upended, Undercut & Undermined its Own Review Process | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2012) - Legislation introduced this week was drafted without consultation, despite dramatically altering the province's system of justice and leaving individuals to fend for themselves in legal...
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Government Review Will Delay a Solution in Key Area Already Studied

Government Review Will Delay a Solution in Key Area Already Studied | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2012) - The justice-system study launched yesterday by the BC Government stands to delay a solution in an area already overdue for immediate attention.
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Verdict on court backlogs in B.C.: Delays are getting worse

Verdict on court backlogs in B.C.: Delays are getting worse | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
Many are watching to see how much money the province will put toward rebooting a stalled justice system in this month's budget
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Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia: Second Phase of Service Withdrawals Set to Take Effect Across BC

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia: Second Phase of Service Withdrawals Set to Take Effect Across BC | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2012) - The second phase of service withdrawals by lawyers who work as duty counsel in criminal cases is about to take effect throughout the province.
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Trial Lawyers Walk off Job in BC | Vancouver | Canada | Epoch Times

Trial Lawyers Walk off Job in BC | Vancouver | Canada | Epoch Times | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
British Columbia’s congested courtrooms face crippling shortages after half the province’s courthouses lost trial lawyers serving as duty counsels in a fight over legal aid.
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Going back in time to create a timeline as this battle continues...

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Province reaches out to B.C. trial lawyers to talk legal aid

Province reaches out to B.C. trial lawyers to talk legal aid | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
This year began on a more hopeful note for trial lawyers fighting for more access to legal aid in B. C. To kick off 2012, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC took job action to protest the underfunded legal aid system.
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We look forward to much-needed, positive action. 

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BC’s trial lawyers look at job action escalation

BC’s trial lawyers look at job action escalation | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
They're frustrated about the lack of legal aid funding. They're in the middle of a three-week withdrawal of duty counsel, the free service for people making their first court appearances.
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The job action will continue until progress is made.  This is to call attention to the lack of legal aid funding so that every citizen can have their day in court. 

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BC's Tax on Legal Services Remains a Target for Proponents of Legal Aid

BC's Tax on Legal Services Remains a Target for Proponents of Legal Aid | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 15, 2013) - Advocates calling for better provision of legal aid in British Columbia will be taking part at a public event in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, April 16.
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Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Responds to Justice System Review Report

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BC’s trial lawyers look at job action escalation

BC’s trial lawyers look at job action escalation | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
They're frustrated about the lack of legal aid funding. They're in the middle of a three-week withdrawal of duty counsel, the free service for people making their first court appearances.
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Lawyers trying to help those who need it | Letters | Kamloops Daily News

Lawyers trying to help those who need it | Letters | Kamloops Daily News | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
Check out this page from www.kamloopsnews.ca
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LAO not living up to boycott bargain, lawyers say

LAO not living up to boycott bargain, lawyers say | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
As B.C. lawyers start their own legal aid boycott nearly two years after a last-minute deal netted additional funding for Legal Aid Ontario in response to similar actions in this province, the organization is facing tough criticism from criminal...
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This goes back to January.

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PublicAffairs

PublicAffairs | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
RT @tla_bc: Do you want to make a 'Commitment to Justice?" Donate to the #TLABC Public Affairs Com (PAC) #justice #bc http://t.co/EyyQVWHA
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The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) aims to take action when threats to the justice system arise... Having funds in place ensures that we can follow through, when and where needed, to seeking justice for every individual!

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Lawyers Across British Columbia Step Up Efforts in the Battle for Legal Aid

Lawyers Across British Columbia Step Up Efforts in the Battle for Legal Aid | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov.
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TLABC Press Release from this past November, 2012... the battle continues...

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Government Review Will Delay a Solution in Key Area Already Studied

Government Review Will Delay a Solution in Key Area Already Studied | The Battle for Legal Aid in BC | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2012) - The justice-system study launched yesterday by the BC Government stands to delay a solution in an area already overdue for immediate attention.
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TLABC Press release from last February.  Almost a year later, we are still grappling with the same situation. 

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