What Do We Want? Canada’s Future Legal Aid System – Backgrounder on National Legal Aid Benchmarks

This report provided background to inform a consultation paper on establishing national legal aid standards in Canada. The report provides an overview of existing benchmarks in the Canadian justice sector as a whole, other sectors, and the legal aid sector in Canada and other jurisdictions. Options for national legal aid benchmarks in Canada were also canvassed in the report. The paper was intended to:

  • build awareness of the need for legal aid renewal
  • generate discussion about the potential for national legal aid benchmarks to help renewal efforts
  • build public and political support for national legal aid benchmarks
  • solicit feedback on the content of national legal aid benchmarks