Manitoba has changed the amount of time a lawyer has to decide whether to take a case or not. Previously lawyers had 30 days to reviews materials and make a decision but under the new legislation the time frame has been reduced to 14 days.
“Access to justice for all Manitobans is a cornerstone of our legal system and this change will help improve the process for individuals who require legal aid,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson. “Technology has made it possible for this process to move more quickly, so it’s important our regulations reflect today’s realities.”
The change was made following consultations with Legal Aid Manitoba’s (LAM) advisory committee, which includes representatives from the Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association, the Legal Aid Lawyers’ Association, the Family Law Bar and the Manitoba Bar Association.
LAM provides legal advice and representation to eligible low-income people and groups using a combination of staff and private lawyers to deliver its services. LAM represents approximately 85,000 people every year.