BRITISH COLUMBIA

Possible legal aid service cuts in B.C. to deal with funding shortfall

10/05/2013 07:08 EDT | Updated 12/05/2013 05:12 EST
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - British Columbia residents needing legal aid may see service cuts beginning as early as November to deal with a funding shortfall.

But the Legal Services Society of B.C. has ruled out one method of dealing with its substantial deficit.

Legal aid lawyers had been told to avoid booking hearings between Feb. 17 and March 31 as a cost-saving measure.

However, that step has not been taken.

Lawyer Graham Kay, the regional representative for the legal aid action committee, says there's no word on what services might be chopped.

He says that in the past, the society has seen breaches and other minor offences not being covered by legal aid. (CHNL)