Last week, the Supreme Court of British Columbia decided that the BC Ministry of Attorney General must disclose certain records relating to the funding of legal counsel for children to the Representative for Children and Youth for British Columbia. The files were originally requested in October 2018 to assist in the preparation of a special report addressing concerns that the voices of vulnerable kids are not being heard in legal proceedings. The ministry argued that Charlesworth’s authority was grounded in the child welfare system and does not extend to private family legal disputes.
The Supreme Court’s ruling notes, “what occurs in parenting cases, and in particular whether children are heard in these proximate parenting proceedings, could have a bearing on the workings of the child welfare system and this is squarely within the Representative’s mandate to address by way of a special report.”
Read the Vancouver Sun article for more information.