Effective Access to Justice
We rely on the justice system to ensure our legal needs are met and that we receive fair and timely treatment in our legal dealings with others. Unfortunately, many British Columbians do not have effective access to justice. The costs of engaging with the justice system are prohibitive for many people and there is a lack of resources to support those who cannot afford to pay for legal representation.
This section focuses on two issues that threaten effective access to justice today. The first is the lack of provincial funding for legal aid services. These services are vital for British Columbians who cannot otherwise afford legal assistance. The second issue addresses court staffing and infrastructure. Without sufficient court staffing and the availability of Provincial Court judges, delays threaten the delivery of justice.