Tom used to have a drinking problem. When he came into the duty counsel office in Port Coquitlam the first time, he needed legal advice for impaired driving charges.
Justice Innovation at Work
September 13, 2019
A legal aid service assists mom in dealings with the Ministry of Children and Family Development
July 17, 2019
Jane, a mother of two children, never gave up the fight to get her kids back after they were removed from her home by government social workers nearly a decade ago, and with the help of the Parents Legal Centre (PLC) in Surrey, her hard work paid off.
June 19, 2019
In this story, Tammy gets the help of duty counsel and keeps her job after being charged with "theft under $5,000" for $1,400 worth of groceries.
December 06, 2018
In this story, a legal aid client faces challenges to getting her children back from government care that are resolved with the help of the Parents Legal Centre.
July 16, 2018
In this story, an LSS intake legal assistant describes how poverty is often confused with parental neglect.
February 01, 2018
The Legal Services Society can assist lawyers to get a Gladue report for their Indigenous legal aid clients. Here's a story of how this kind of report can really help someone.
June 05, 2017
In honour of Celeste Haldane's appointment as the Legal Services Society's (LSS) new board chair and to acknowledge her Aboriginal Heritage, Musqueam elders conducted a welcoming ceremony at her first board meeting on May 18, 2017.
February 15, 2017
This story was written by lawyer and former LSS board chair Suzette Narbonne. A client of mine has asked me to share her story — except for her name. I will call her Jackie. Jackie had been in an emotionally abusive relationship for 30 years. This is how legal aid helped her.
October 06, 2016
In this story, family lawyer Susan Loney describes how she helped a mother change an old court order despite fears that her former husband would make things difficult for her. Susan describes what she does as “just helping out regular folks” but the end result made a huge difference to her client’s life.
August 17, 2016
Many of the people who need our help at the Legal Services Society have multiple barriers to accessing justice. Our frontline staff not only take applications for legal aid, they also provide referrals to services to help individuals with non-legal matters.
April 14, 2016
Quick action on the part of staff at the Parents Legal Centre at Vancouver’s Robson Square Courthouse can mean the difference between keeping a child at home with their family or the child being removed from the home.
March 17, 2016
People using criminal duty counsel services at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse are happy with a pilot program where they get continuing service with the same lawyer and not a different one every time they go to court.
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