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The Right to Legal Aid: How British Columbia's Legal Aid System Fails to Meet International Human Rights Obligations (2014)
(Vancouver, BC: Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, 2014, 2014)
As a result of drastic reductions in funding for legal aid services in British Columbia (BC) over the past fifteen years, the province now fails to meet even the most basic legal aid needs of British Columbians to the point ...
Don't I Need a Lawyer?
(Constitution Project, The, 2015)
For more than a decade, The Constitution Project National Right to Counsel Committee (“Committee”) has examined the state of indigent defense in our country, determined to assist governments in realizing the promise of ...
Answering Gideon's Call Outside the Courtroom:Policy Reform Strategies to Protect the Right to Counsel
On March 18, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the right to counsel for those who could not afford to hire an attorney. The Supreme Court stated that counsel is critical ...
Branded for Life Florida’s Prosecution of Children as Adults under its “Direct File” Statute
This 110-page report details the harm that results from the state’s practice of giving prosecutors full discretion to decide which children to prosecute in adult courts. More than 98 percent of the 1,500 cases of children ...
2013 Annual Report