Legal aid protest halted as sign of good will

, B.C. – Lawyers who handle legal aid cases in British Columbia are extending an olive branch to the Liberal government and its new Suzanne Anton.

A member of the legal aid for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC says that has been underway for more than 18 months is being suspended.

Kamloops, B.C., lawyer Graham says it’s a gesture of , in hopes Anton will take the trial lawyers’ concerns to cabinet and address some of their outstanding issues.

have been refusing certain since earlier this year and staged an escalating series of in 2012 including withdrawal of all duty counsel from adult criminal cases.

Kay says the protests were designed to draw attention to in legal aid funding and other problems within the justice system that have dramatically slowed the court process.

He says underfunding means people who depend on legal aid have been unable to get the help. (CFJC)

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