Legal Aid BC’s expanded service focused on earlier resolutions for criminal cases has been evaluated and the results are in – it’s making a significant impact.
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New, ongoing funding for Legal Aid BC welcome news
The Ministry of Attorney General has announced it is committing almost $7.5 million in new, ongoing annual funding for Legal Aid BC (LABC) services.
One-on-one help needed to achieve digital equity
A Legal Aid BC study finds digital legal resources may be effective for some, but not for others—especially for people who face fundamental barriers.
Legal Aid BC's CEO receives award
LABC CEO Mark Benton, QC, received the President's Award from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice at its conference in Vancouver on November 18, 2021.
LABC staff are elected to the Law Society Benchers
Legal Aid BC congratulates three staff lawyers on their election to the Law Society
BC Attorney General and Chief Judge celebrate duty counsel
BC Attorney General David Eby and BC Provincial Court Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie celebrated the inaugural Duty Counsel Day on October 27, 2021.
Truth and Reconciliation Day and Legal Aid BC
On September 30, Legal Aid BC will observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Legal aid for Fairy Creek protestors
Legal Aid BC is providing legal aid for people facing criminal enforcement proceedings relating to the court injunction at Fairy Creek, or other criminal charges due to part
Legal Aid BC announces new CEO
Michael Bryant will be LABC's next Chief Executive Officer, starting January 17, 2022.
Duty Counsel Day: raising awareness of the impact of dedicated lawyers
Duty counsel are legal aid lawyers who make a difference in the lives of Canadians. Now there's a day to celebrate them.
Distressing news from Kamloops
I know that many of you, like me, are disturbed by the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Residential School in Kamloops, in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nations t
LABC launches broad range of new services during first year of pandemic
Legal Aid BC continued to deliver legal aid services and introduced many new initiatives to support access to justice for British Columbians over the past year.
Gladue report services transition
Beginning April 1, 2021, the Gladue Services Department of the BC First Nations Justice Council will be responsible for the administration and management of the Gladue report program in BC.
LABC and Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC sign MOU
LABC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia today to formalize their commitment to work together on Indigenous justice services initiatives.
Statement from the CEO on systemic racism
Legal Aid BC CEO describes how the organization is addressing racism in the justice system.
Service changes will help more people with family law problems
Changes to family law services and financial eligibility mean more help for British Columbians during the pandemic.
Announcing our new name and logo
We’ve adopted the name Legal Aid BC as part of our new brand, after being known as the Legal Services Society since 1979.
Legal aid service updates
Find out the latest information about what legal aid services are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legal Aid BC moves to phone-only applications for legal aid
Legal Aid BC (LABC) has announced it will only take applications for legal aid over the phone effective immediately.
Legal Aid BC monitors coronavirus situation in effort to protect clients
Legal Aid BC (LABC) is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).