Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

March 30, 2007 16:44 ET

Law Society Thankful for Funding for Legal Aid

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2007) - In his opening remarks to the Law Society of Upper Canada's monthly board meeting, Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie acknowledged the important contribution to legal aid in Ontario contained in the provincial government's recent budget.

The provincial budget contains an additional $51 million in funding for legal aid over the next three years. MacKenzie commended the Attorney General for his "leadership in persuading his colleagues of the need to strengthen our legal aid system to enhance access to justice for low-income individuals and families."

The Law Society strongly supports a well-funded and sustainable system of legal aid in Ontario. Equal access to legal assistance is a vital component of the justice system in a free and democratic society. Individuals are equal before the law only if they are assured the option of legal representation.

"The much needed additional funding will help reduce the number of vulnerable people, particularly families, who might otherwise have been forced to navigate the courts without any representation", MacKenzie said.

The Law Society will continue to advocate for a well-funded, sustainable legal aid system. The additional funding in this budget, together with the appointment of Professor McCamus to review legal aid issues, are encouraging indications that legal aid is a priority for this government.

We commend Premier McGuinty, Minister Sorbara and Attorney General Bryant for their leadership and work in support of legal aid.

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