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News releases issued by or regarding the Legal Services Society (LSS) are listed on this page. To find older releases, go to our Archive. To read media coverage of the Legal Services Society, see LSS in the news. For LSS speeches and presentations, see the Reports section.

March 27, 2017
Provincial investments in justice keep families together, assist with everyday legal issues
The BC Ministry of Justice and Attorney General announce funding to continue four existing LSS justice transformation services and open a new Parents Legal Centre in Surrey.
News release

March 6, 2017
Law Society adopts vision for publicly funded legal aid in BC

The Law Society of BC's Legal Aid Task Force concludes that legal aid is a crucial part of the proper administration of justice in a free and democratic society.
News release

February 21, 2017
Canadian Bar Association BC Branch calls for further investment in BC Justice System

The CBA-BC's An Agenda for Justice report offers a series of recommendations, including increased funding for legal aid to help BC families in crisis.
News release
An Agenda for Justice

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

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.
Briefing paper on the client satisfaction survey
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.
Government announcement

April 10, 2015
LSS and Ministry of Justice launch expanded criminal duty counsel pilot project at Port Coquitlam courthouse
Ministry's news release
LSS 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
Ministry's news release
LSS 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
Ministry's news release
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
Ministry's news release
LSS Expanded Family Duty Counsel FAQ