The New-Brunswick Aboriginal Duty Counsel Project

20. DID NOT APPLY OR RECEIVE SERVICE

There were 115 individuals (out of the 172 duty counsel contacts who entered guilty pleas). Forty-six applied for legal aid and 18 were rejected or withdrew their applications. The resulting arithmetic indicates that a total of 87 people who entered guilty pleas did not receive legal aid. In addition, some of the 58 people whose cases were adjourned would have entered not guilty pleas. The people who entered guilty pleas would likely have been represented by the Aboriginal Duty Counsel project lawyer.

There is no information about what happened to the people from among the 87 who did not receive legal aid.  We do not know how many might have retained a lawyer privately, and how many would have simply appeared unrepresented in provincial court.

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