Justice Reform for BC

Justice Reform for BC

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As the new government of British Columbia begins its work, a broad coalition of legal organizations has come together to call for significant reform of BC's justice system.

Pivot Legal Society, Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Civil Liberties Association, and West Coast LEAF are calling on the provincial government to implement significant changes to BC’s justice and legal systems in order to support marginalized and Indigenous communities in the province, and to improve the delivery of justice to all British Columbians. 

Many aspects of the justice system have been severely under-resourced, remain inaccessible, and are designed in a ...

As the new government of British Columbia begins its work, a broad coalition of legal organizations has come together to call for significant reform of BC's justice system.

Pivot Legal Society, Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Civil Liberties Association, and West Coast LEAF are calling on the provincial government to implement significant changes to BC’s justice and legal systems in order to support marginalized and Indigenous communities in the province, and to improve the delivery of justice to all British Columbians. 

Many aspects of the justice system have been severely under-resourced, remain inaccessible, and are designed in a way that results in unfairness and the violation of people’s rights.

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Justice Reform for BC

BC is ready for major change, so we've put together an agenda for justice for the new Attorney General and the Solicitor General.

 

Our priorities include much-needed changes to provincial policing, provincial corrections, access to justice, family law, human rights, democratic institutions, mental illness and addiction, poverty and income inequality, and government compliance.

 

Read the full list here, and show your support by calling on the Attorney General and the Solicitor General to make these important changes for justice in BC!

Dear Attorney General David Eby and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth,

BC's legal and justice systems have a backlog of critical change that we need to address right now. I am calling on you to address the priorities outlined in this agenda: http://bit.ly/2xNhRiY1

Some critical actions you can take right away include:

1. Taking immediate steps to reform policing practices in BC that are harmful to marginalized communities, including First Nations and racialized communities, as well as people who use drugs

2. Commit to immediate reforms to BC’s prison system by appointing an Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, and committing to the ultimate goal of abolishing solitary confinement

3. Increasing access to justice by expanding funding to family law, and criminal, mental health, poverty, and refugee legal aid. Commit to rebuilding the network of community legal clinics around the province

4. Amend the Residential Tenancy Act to close loopholes allowing landlords to unfairly raise rents or evict tenants, protect tenants with pets, and increase compensation to tenants who are being evicted because of landlord use and renovations

I urge you to take these steps to empower the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our communities in a substantive, timely manner. I also call on you to work closely with Indigenous communities to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to respect Aboriginal Rights and Title.