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Recent Legal Services Society (LSS) news is listed on this page. To find older news, go to our Archive.

August 12, 2016
Support for legal aid in BC remains high
Legal aid services are strongly supported by British Columbians according to a recent public opinion survey. The results show 92% of respondents support the provision of legal aid services in BC.

News release

May 30, 2016
Legal Services Society launches interactive website for everyday legal problems
MyLawBC is an innovative new website that provides help with everyday legal problems. By answering a series of questions and answers, people can make a separation agreement or a will, and get action plans for family law matters, missing mortgage payments and more.

News release
Information sheet

October 7, 2015
Video and comic book give hope to those facing domestic violence in Aboriginal communities

LSS partners with the Healthy Aboriginal Network to address domestic violence in Aboriginal communities with a new animated video and comic book aimed at Aboriginal youth and young adults.

News release
Information sheet

 

September 25, 2015
LSS board chair says LSS pilot projects show promise
Acting LSS Board Chair Suzette Narbonne and Past Chair Tom Christensen report early success of LSS pilot projects in a speech to the Law Society benchers meeting today. Benchers are senior lawyers who govern the legal profession.

Read the speech

 

August 27, 2015
2015 Client Satisfaction Survey and CFCSA Services Evaluation show high level of satisfaction with legal aid services
LSS is encouraged by the results of a recent survey of legal aid clients and evaluation of its child protection services. The survey is conducted every three years and is an important performance measure. It is the first time LSS has commissioned an evaluation of its child protection services under the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

Read the briefing paper on the client satisfaction survey
Read the briefing paper on the child protection evaluation

 

July 28, 2015
Two new judges worked on behalf of legal aid clients for much of their legal careers
Long-time LSS lawyer Kathryn Ferriss and LSS local agent Danny Sudeyko are appointed Provincial Court judges.

Read the government announcement

 

April 10, 2015
LSS and Ministry of Justice launch expanded criminal duty counsel pilot project at Port Coquitlam courthouse

Read the ministry's news release

For more detail about the pilot project, read: Expanded Criminal Duty Counsel FAQ

 

March 27, 2015
LSS board chair and Minister of Justice and Attorney General open the Parents Legal Centre to
help families with child protection matters

Read the ministry's news Release

For more detail about the pilot project, read: Parents Legal Centre FAQ

 

November 12, 2014
With Ministry of Justice funding, LSS launches a mediation pilot project to keep family matters out of court

Read the ministry's news release

For more detail about the pilot project, read: Mediation Referral FAQ

 

September 30, 2014
LSS and the Ministry of Justice launch two pilot programs to reach more British Columbians who face family law problems

Read the ministry's news release

For more detail about these two new pilot programs, read:
Expanded Family Duty Counsel FAQ
Family LawLINE FAQ