Legal aid services available as usual – Lawyer service withdrawal averted
LSS is pleased to announce that legal aid services will not be disrupted starting next week after all. Lawyers who do legal aid have voted to accept a bargaining incentive payment from the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Services Society to prevent a withdrawal of lawyer services.
This is good news for the many people who rely on legal aid. The offer was made possible with a $4 million contribution from government and $3.9 million from LSS. The $7.9 million total will be used to increase payments to lawyers for several months, during which time the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers, LSS, and the ministry will negotiate a framework for a future increase in payments beyond the end of October. Lawyers do valuable work on behalf of legal aid clients and have had only one increase in pay since 1991.
To find out more, see our announcement on the LSS website.