|For immediate release||February 1, 2005|
Law Society applauds legal aid increase
VANCOUVER — The Law Society of BC welcomes the Attorney General’s announcement of increased funding for the province’s legal aid program.
“We are pleased to see the government is providing additional funding for the Legal Services Society and the legal aid program,” said Law Society of BC President Ralston Alexander, QC. “The Legal Services Society — which administers legal aid in BC — has been subject to significant budget cuts in recent years and the new funding is desperately needed.”
Mr. Alexander noted that the Attorney General’s announcement today of an additional $4.6 million for the legal aid program will allow the Legal Services Society to offer an increased array of services to those persons most in need of legal assistance.
“The new funding is earmarked for projects that provide legal services for families in crisis. These were among the people hardest hit by previous cutbacks and I am happy to see that they are now receiving more legal aid funding.”
The Law Society of BC was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 10,000 lawyers in BC.
Law Society of BC media contact:
Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC