The action of legal aid will be felt throughout the justice system: experts

Parsons says that even if defense attorneys take very specific action and don’t shut down services across the board, it will slow down high-volume areas and impact many people who will have to navigate the court system on their own. .

“They won’t understand the system, they won’t understand how their case interacts with that system, and they won’t be represented in court for those quick cases as they come up,” Parsons says. . “They are pretty much suspended with no information or understanding and it will have a huge impact on how they navigate the justice system.”

Parsons says the work measure only highlights the chronic understaffing problem in the province’s justice system. She adds that there is also a shortage of Crown prosecutors and judges, which gives the impression that the current system is inefficient.

“Everyone is complaining about this revolving door of the justice system, and it’s not even a door anymore,” Parsons says. “It’s just an open hole, and the longer this stuff goes on, the more likely the door will get bigger.”

Parsons says there are many ways people can be diverted from the justice system and into other ways that are less costly and less taxing on the courts. Moreover, until it is time to rethink how the system works, the same problems will persist.

“People will just walk out of the justice system because there’s no one to hold them accountable,” Parsons says. “And it’s happened before, so now there are fewer people involved in the justice system and it’s going to get worse very quickly.”

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