Uncertainty of Legal Aid funding cuts
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:16AM EDT
A group in Sudbury came together Wednesday night to discuss some funding cuts related to provincial legal services.
Sudbury MPP Jamie West hosted a town hall to talk about changes coming to Legal Aid in Ontario.
Speakers from Sudbury's legal community were also on hand with a goal of educating the public on what these cuts will mean locally.
“Certainly with the amount of cuts next year and the cuts we've had this year, any further cuts will likely affect services. It’s really difficult to tell to what extent. They're talking about restructuring, and that could mean anything from fewer legal clinics to fewer staff at legal clinics.” said Terry Copes, of Sudbury Community Legal Clinic.
“It’s that opportunity for the most vulnerable people to have fair representation because justice isn’t justice if you don’t know what you're talking about." said West.
Members of the local legal community say any further cuts would affect front line services.