In honour of Celeste Haldane's appointment as the Legal Services Society's (LSS) new board chair and to acknowledge her Aboriginal Heritage, Musqueam elders conducted a welcoming ceremony at her first board meeting on May 18, 2017.
In this story, family lawyer Susan Loney describes how she helped a mother change an old court order despite fears that her former husband would make things difficult for her. Susan describes what she does as “just helping out regular folks” but the end result made a huge difference to her client’s life.
Many of the people who need our help at the Legal Services Society have multiple barriers to accessing justice. Our frontline staff not only take applications for legal aid, they also provide referrals to services to help individuals with non-legal matters.
Quick action on the part of staff at the Parents Legal Centre at Vancouver’s Robson Square Courthouse can mean the difference between keeping a child at home with their family or the child being removed from the home.
People using criminal duty counsel services at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse are happy with a pilot program where they get continuing service with the same lawyer and not a different one every time they go to court.
"I can remember the audible sigh of relief from a client on the other end of the line once she realized she might be able to obtain spousal support and pay her rent," said Family LawLINE lawyer Amber Van Drielen.
Published on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil‑Waututh) Nations.
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