SCC Strikes Down BC Court Hearing Fees: Roundup of Media & Blog Reactions

October 3, 2014

Yesterday, in what the Trial Lawyers Association called “a victory for ordinary, everyday citizens”, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down BC’s expensive court hearing fees in a 6-1 ruling.  Here is a roundup of coverage and blog reactions on the landmark decision, Trial Lawyers of Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 59.

Trial Lawyer Association of BC: Ordinary Citizens Gain Access to the Courts With Today’s Ruling From the Supreme Court of Canada (official press release)

Legal Feeds: SCC strikes down B.C.’s court hearing fees (David Dias)

Rule of Law: Supreme Court of Canada Strikes down British Columbia’s Court Hearing Fees! (Stan Rule)

Western Canada Business Litigation Blog: Supreme Court of Canada strikes down court hearing fees as unconstitutional (Marko Vesely)

Double Aspect: For Sale, at the Right Price (Leonid Sirota)

Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Chief Justice Rules B.C. Court Hearing Fees Unconstitutional

Canadian Bar Association BC Branch: CBABC Applauds Supreme Court of Canada Ruling and Access to Justice Win

The Court: Access to Justice and the Rule of Law Principle: Trial Lawyers Association v British Columbia (Bruce Ryder)

Times Colonist: B.C.’s court fees ruled too high, limiting access to justice system (Katherine Dednya)

CTV: Supreme Court rules B.C. can charge court fees, but not too much (Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press)

Vancouver Sun: Supreme Court strikes down B.C. court fees for barring access to justice system (Ian Mulgrew)

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