The Law Society of British Columbia bencher and Access Pro Bono executive director Jamie Maclaren has submitted his report on how to best deliver legal aid services to Attorney General David Eby, and some stakeholders are hopeful the recommendations will provide a form of a mixed model use of private and public lawyers.
The mixed model for delivery is one of the options that Eby asked Maclaren to explore as he set down the mandate of examining service delivery models. Maclaren's report will look at workflow and caseload demands, private bar and mixed models, duty counsel, choice of counsel, clinics, major case coverage and paralegal as well as trends and challenges (geographical, cultural, demographic, technical, resources and capability). Criteria such as client eligibility, various areas covered and tariffs to lawyers were beyond the probe's scope.
“The review will focus on the effectiveness and efficiencies of legal aid service delivery in British Columbia from the point of view of citizens who use legal aid service,” according to an October press release issued when Maclaren was appointed. The review was also to consult with "any individuals or organizations" that would add to the recommendations.