Ontario’s legal aid cuts will leave refugee claimants more vulnerable

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One of the lessons I learned as a judge was how much courts depend on lawyers for fairly and accurately deciding cases. Their skills in presenting the evidence and their knowledge of the law are indispensable to the administration of justice.

Ontario recently announced a drastic cut to legal aid funding and its complete and unilateral elimination for refugee and immigration cases.

Without legal aid, many litigants will be unrepresented by a lawyer and their access to justice limited, to the prejudice of litigants and the administration of justice.

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The Globe and Mail