14 February 2011

Access Pro Bono Launches Court Form Service

Access Pro Bono, the organization created by the merger of Pro Bono Law British Columbia and the Access Justice Society, has announced a new Paralegal Program under which paralegals supervised by a lawyer will give low-income Supreme Court litigants help drafting court documents. The program, sadly, is only for non-family law civil matters; less extensive help for family law cases can still be had from the self-help centre.

This is how the new service works:
  • Each paralegal program will engage the volunteer services of two to four paralegals and one supervising lawyer
  • The Law Courts Center will recruit, monitor and train the volunteer paralegals as needed and Access Pro Bono will recruit supervising lawyers as needed
  • The supervising lawyer will directly supervise each client file at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre
  • The supervising lawyer will be responsible for the legal advice and assistance provided by the paralegals
  • Volunteer paralegals will each see a maximum of two clients per clinic and the program will serve a maximum of eight clients per day
If you are interested in this service, call 604-660-2084, or go in person to the Vancouver Justice Access Centre at 290-800 Hornby Street in Vancouver and ask to be booked into the Paralegal Program.

3 comments:

  1. As your blog is a family law blog you may want to point out that the program is for "low-income BC Supreme Court civil (non-family) litigants with assistance in drafting specific BC Court forms with lawyer-supervised paralegals" emphasis mine

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  2. Thanks for the comment, I didn't realize that the service was restricted to non-family law civil problems. That's disappointing.

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  3. Access Pro Bono has confirmed that the Paralegal Program is not available for family law matters.

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