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Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Provides free legal assistance for low-income people, including information and referrals, summary advice, and full representation in regards to reviewing final decisions by administrative bodies including the RTB, EAAT, EST, WCAT, HRT and the SST. Practice areas also include: human rights cases before the HRT and representation of people detained under the MH Act or subject to the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code. Offices are closed; all services will be done via phone or email.

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Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System

Mental health detentions in BC have increased dramatically over the last ten years. Our report reveals several disturbing practices and points to a number of deep flaws in the BC Mental Health Act that do not comply ...
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Justice Reform for BC

A change in government after 16 years has presented a unique opportunity to call for significant, systemic reform to BC's ailing justice system—changes that will benefit the most marginalized in society along with ...
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