David Eby, Attorney General, has released a report called ‘Road to Revival,’ developed by practising lawyer Jamie Maclaren, QC, with recommendations to improve legal aid service delivery in B.C. McClaren begins the Executive Summary with: “Legal aid is not broken in BC. It has simply lost its way. Years of underfunding and shifting political priorities have taken their toll on the range and quality of legal aid services, and especially on the people who need them.”
The report includes 25 recommendations, including one to create a Child Protection Clinic to help parents before child protection concerns have reached the level of Ministry of Children & Family Development intervention, and to serve as a practice resource centre for lawyers representing parents in contested child protection matters.