2019

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Legal aid services back to normal after one-day walkout

November 4, 2019
Legal Aid BC resumes regular service levels following one-day walkout by staff lawyers last week.

Union representing Legal Aid BC staff lawyers serves strike notice

October 29, 2019
Legal Aid BC has received 72-hour strike notice from the Professional Employees Association, the association representing the organization's 28 staff lawyers.

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

October 15, 2019
The Legal Services Society is pleased that the lawyers who do legal aid will be better paid, creating stability for clients

Parents Legal Centre in Smithers: "A Game Changer"

October 1, 2019
Transition House thanks new Parents Legal Centre in Smithers for being there to help vulnerable mothers.

Parents Legal Centre in Surrey hosts open house

September 18, 2019

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

Parents Legal Centre in Duncan celebrates official opening

September 13, 2019
With the help of an Elder’s blessing and performance by the Tzinquaw Dancers, the Parents Legal Centre in Duncan was officially opened.

Parents Legal Centre officially opens in Prince George

August 23, 2019
Community members gathered in Prince George to celebrate the official opening of the Parents Legal Centre there, which helps families facing child protection cases.

LSS welcomes additional immigration legal aid funding

August 14, 2019
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.

Free help for separated couples negotiating parenting plans

July 24, 2019

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.

Community gathers to officially open Parents Legal Centre in Campbell River

July 12, 2019
Our new Parents Legal Centre in Campbell River held its grand opening event July 11, 2019.

Improving access to justice with the Triple Aim

June 14, 2019
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.

New legal aid service offers early resolution for criminal cases

May 15, 2019
We've launched a new province-wide criminal law service to help people who wouldn’t normally qualify for legal aid.

Lawyer withdrawal of legal aid services averted

March 29, 2019
Lawyers who do legal aid have voted to accept a bargaining incentive payment that ends scheduled work stoppage.

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

March 21, 2019
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.

A strategy for reconciliation

March 11, 2019
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.