For many years, West Coast LEAF has been involved in improving access to justice.
Between 2002 and 2010, legal aid in British Columbia has undergone drastic cuts. Poverty law services have been completely eliminated, and family law services have been significantly reduced. Women are particularly impacted by the cuts to family law legal aid, and women’s equality in this province has suffered as a result.
West Coast LEAF has been involved in this issue for many years, actively calling for renewed funding of legal aid and equal access to justice in BC. LEAF strongly believes that rights are meaningless without access to the means of enforcing them, and that additionally there are significant social and economic costs to a system that excludes those not wealthy enough to afford legal representation.
To learn about our involvement with the Coalition for Public Legal Services, click here.