The BC government has earmarked $2-million for pilot projects at the Legal Services Society with the intent of “improving access and efficiency in criminal and family law matters”.
The new funding will enable the LSS to “develop and implement pilot projects focused on increasing access to justice and exploring services that promote early resolution of disputes”. These elements are targeted as part of the government’s broader justice reform.
Projects being supported with this influx of new funding include:
- new and expanded models for criminal duty counsel, which are being developed in accordance with recommendations made to the government by the LSS in its 2012 report, “Making Justice Work;”
- development of a Parents’ Legal Centre for child protection cases;
- expanded duty counsel and family legal advice at the Victoria Justice Access Centre;
- increased hours of service by the family lawyers that staff the telephone Family LawLINE.
Evaluations for funded programs will be made to ensure that each is improving “justice timeliness” and “accessibility for low-income British Columbians”.