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What the #!%*?: B.C. legal troubles may see 2,500 cases thrown out

  • February 14, 2012

British Columbia’s justice system is facing a tipping point, with a massive backlog that may see more than 2,500 cases thrown out of court. In this occasional feature on a complex issue, the National Post’s Ian Vandaelle takes a look at what went wrong.

Prosecutor appointed to Queen's counsel

  • January 09, 2012

A Crown prosecutor cited in 2010 for his work on the Alexa Middelaer case added another honour to his belt last month – a Queen’s counsel appointment.

Crime bill draws dissent

  • December 01, 2011

Legislation making its way through Parliament could tip the scales of justice toward harsher penalties, causing some groups concern about imbalance in sentencing.

Judge sounds alarm over funding

  • November 25, 2011

The chief justice of B.C.'s Supreme Court has issued a rare call for his colleagues to speak out against funding cuts that he says threaten the province's entire judicial system.

Bar makes business case for restoring legal aid funding

  • November 14, 2011

Restoring legal aid funding to levels in place a decade ago will not only make the justice system fairer but deliver a bigger bang for the taxpayer’s buck, says the president of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-BC).

B.C. is still failing women, legal group says

  • October 19, 2011

B.C. is below average for the second consecutive year - with a mark of C-minus - in terms of meeting United Nations standards for women's rights, says the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).