The Legal Services Society, BC’s legal aid provider, has now partnered with service providers in 24 locations around BC where people can get free legal information (see our April 18 blog entry, Seeking community partnerships to help improve access to legal aid services for more about this initiative:
The 24 new community partners: http://www.legalaid.bc.ca/legal_aid/Communitypartnershipsupdate.asp will distribute public legal education and information materials, refer people to legal resources, and work with local communities to improve awareness of legal aid.
These new locations will enhance the existing services of LSS’s 31 local agents who take legal aid applications and provide legal information at more than 50 locations, including private legal offices, community agencies, and courthouses across the province.
In addition, five LSS local agents are expanding their services to Aboriginal communities around BC.:
Local agents in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Victoria, North Vancouver, and Duncan are now travelling to surrounding Aboriginal bands in their areas, reaching more individuals who are unable to access legal services.
Sandra Ramezani, Online Outreach Coordinator
Legal Services Society