2019 news archive

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November 4, 2019

Legal aid services back to normal after one-day walkout

Legal Aid BC resumes regular service levels following one-day walkout by staff lawyers last week.

October 29, 2019

Union representing Legal Aid BC staff lawyers serves strike notice

Legal Aid BC has received 72-hour strike notice from the Professional Employees Association, the association representing the organization's 28 staff lawyers.

October 15, 2019

Attorney General's announcement of rate increase for legal aid lawyers is welcome news

The Legal Services Society welcomes news that the Ministry of Attorney General and Association of Legal Aid Lawyers have reached an agreement on better rates (called tariffs) for lawyers who work with legal aid clients.

October 1, 2019

Parents Legal Centre in Smithers: "A Game Changer"

Transition House thanks new Parents Legal Centre in Smithers for being there to help vulnerable mothers.

September 18, 2019

Parents Legal Centre in Surrey hosts open house

Greeted by a welcome song and an Elders blessing, community members gathered in Surrey on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September 13, 2019

Parents Legal Centre in Duncan celebrates official opening

With the help of an Elder’s blessing and performance by the Tzinquaw Dancers, the Parents Legal Centre in Duncan was officially opened.

August 23, 2019

Parents Legal Centre officially opens in Prince George

Community members gathered in Prince George to celebrate the official opening of the Parents Legal Centre there, which helps families facing child protection cases.

August 14, 2019

LSS welcomes additional immigration legal aid funding

The federal government has announced a one-time top-up for immigration legal aid services in BC at a time when refugee claims are increasing.

July 24, 2019

Free help for separated couples negotiating parenting plans

The Legal Services Society has launched a free, online service to help separated couples negotiate parenting time, vacations and other important details of their children’s care.

July 12, 2019

Community gathers to officially open Parents Legal Centre in Campbell River

Our new Parents Legal Centre in Campbell River held its grand opening event July 11, 2019.

June 14, 2019

Improving access to justice with the Triple Aim

The Legal Services Society (LSS) is pleased to join Attorney General David Eby, QC, Access to Justice BC, and 50 other organizations in endorsing a commitment to improving BC’s justice system.

May 15, 2019

New legal aid service offers early resolution for criminal cases

We've launched a new province-wide criminal law service to help people who wouldn’t normally qualify for legal aid.

March 29, 2019

Lawyer withdrawal of legal aid services averted

Lawyers who do legal aid have voted to accept a bargaining incentive payment that ends scheduled work stoppage.

March 21, 2019

The Legal Services Society prepares for the possible withdrawal of lawyer services

Lawyers who do legal aid have voted in favour of withdrawing their services April 1. People who need legal aid can expect delays if that should happen.

March 11, 2019

A strategy for reconciliation

The Legal Services Society announces its new Reconciliation Action Plan to advance reconciliation and ensure legal aid services better meet the needs of Indigenous peoples.