Legal Aid Services Review

What is this engagement about?

Attorney General David Eby, QC, has engaged practising lawyer Jamie Maclaren QC to conduct an independent review of British Columbia’s legal aid service delivery system, including a report with recommendations, by December 31, 2018.
Mr. Maclaren will conduct the review according to Terms of Reference laid out by the Attorney General. The review will focus on the effectiveness and efficiencies of legal aid service delivery models from the point of view of British Columbians who use legal aid services, in aim of advancing the rule of law and access to justice.
As a part of the review process, Mr. Maclaren is inviting the public to provide written submissions by email to before November 23, 2018 at 4p.m.
Word or PDF submissions are preferred, and should be no longer than five pages. You may wish to consider the Terms of Reference and this Glossary of Relevant Terms in providing responses to the following general questions:

  • What is your or your organization’s connection to the topic of legal aid service delivery?
  • What do you perceive as the strengths of British Columbia’s current system for delivering legal aid services?
  • What do you perceive as the weaknesses of British Columbia’s current system for delivering legal aid services?
  • What are your practical suggestions for making legal aid services in British Columbia more efficient, effective and user-centred?
  • Do you perceive any trends and/or challenges that may impact your suggestions for legal aid service enhancement?

Please ensure there is no third-party or personal information in your submission, such as personal telephone numbers or stories that identify specific citizens.

How can my contribution make a difference?

Mr. Maclaren will consider all public feedback in the development of his report and recommendations. In turn, his recommendations may inform future system changes to enhance both the user and public interest in more effective, efficient and accessible legal aid services.
The scope of this engagement process is limited to legal aid service delivery models. Mr. Maclaren’s report will not include recommendations on other aspects of British Columbia’s legal aid system, such as client eligibility criteria, area scope of coverage, and rates of pay for legal aid lawyers.

Details of the Engagement:

Dates: October 4 to November 23, 2018

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Category: Families and Residents

Type: In-person, E-mail

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