The Impact of the Lack of Legal Aid in Family Law Cases


The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of a number of individuals for their support in this project. We extend our appreciation to Natacha Bourgon, Researcher, Research and Statistics, Department of Justice Canada, as well as Justice Canada advisory committee members: Catherine Thomson, Lisa Ha, Amanda Stuart, Hana Hruska, Fred Dufresne and Robin Tromblay, who provided thoughtful feedback and assistance throughout.

We would especially like to thank the following individuals for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to us about family legal aid cases in their jurisdictions: Barbara Barker, Legal Services Solicitor, Newfoundland and Labrador; Benson Cowan, Legal Director, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; David Christie, Executive Director, Yukon Legal Services, Whitehorse, Yukon; Gil Clifford, Executive Director, Manitoba Legal Aid, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sam Raposo, Deputy Executive Director, Legal Aid Manitoba; Karen Wilford, Executive Director, NWT Legal Aid, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; and Marie-Claude Marcil, Directrice déléguée au Comité de révision, Montréal, Québec.

This research was commissioned by the Department of Justice Canada.