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REGIONAL COMMITTEES REPORT

A Regional Committee is located in each Legal Aid region and meets as necessary. Each Regional Committee is comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers to give balanced consideration of matters before it. All members serve on the committee on a volunteer basis and their commitment to the Legal Aid Society and their community contributes greatly to the Legal Aid Society’s mission of ensuring access to justice. The Committee considers appeals from office refusals, referrals from the Northern and Southern Directors, and requests for special disbursements when the amount requested exceeds the discretionary authority of staff.

Regional Legal Aid Committee Activity 2002/2003

Conviction and Sentence Appeals

Approved

21

Denied

49

Other

0

Total

70

Civil Appeals

Approved

34

Denied

36

Other

5

Total

75

Financial Eligibility

Approv Denied Other

ed

378 274 39

Total

691

Special Disbursements

Approved

15

Denied

4

Other

4

Total

23

Substantive Eligibility

Approved

178

Denied

233

Other

14

Total

425

Miscellaneous

Approved

6

Denied

11

Other

1

Total

18

Note: “Other” refers to matters that were abandoned, withdrawn or otherwise resolved.

A denial of coverage or disbursement request can be appealed to the appropriate section of the Appeals Committee (North or South) within 30 days of the decision. Some types of requests must be referred directly to the Appeals Committees.

APPEALS COMMITTEE REPORT

Direct Referrals

Direct referrals are files that may only be handled by the Appeals Committees of the Board of Directors pursuant to the Rules of the Society including: Supreme Court of Canada Appeals, requests for second counsel in serious matters, parole hearings, retroactive coverage, and final change of counsel requests .

Approved

17

87

Denied

10

21

Other

0

10

Total

27

118

Direct Referrals

North

South

25

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