After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure.
The Quebec government increased legal aid eligibility thresholds by 6.67 per cent, but that’s not good enough, asserts to the Quebec Bar.
The surging number of unrepresented litigants may leave legislators with little choice but to to review and enact simplified rules of practice to make justice more accessible, said the Chief Justice of Quebec Superior Court.
A call by the Barreau du Québec to broaden access to legal aid by relaxing financial eligibility thresholds was quickly dismissed by the Quebec government.
The Centre Pro Bono Québec is the latest initiative striving to improve access to justice to low-and modest-income individuals by facilitating and coordinating pro bono legal services.