We’re sad to report that the Salvation Army’s Pro Bono Program has been shut down as of November 26, 2012. The program ran a number of pro bono legal advice clinics throughout the province.
The Pro Bono Program began in 1985 with just one lawyer offering pro bono services to those who could not afford a lawyer. It grew over the years, and by 1999 had 22 legal clinics around BC. Since its beginning, the program has helped many people with low incomes resolve their legal problems and access justice.
The closing of the Pro Bono Program leaves Access Pro Bono as the last independent provider of full-service legal clinics in BC. In response to the closure, Jamie Maclaren, Access Pro Bono’s Executive Director, said:
“Access Pro Bono is sad to learn of the closure of its long-time pro bono service partner. We will be making every effort to serve clients who would otherwise be served by the Salvation Army by increasing our client intake levels, by extending more telephone and Skype services to rural and remote communities, and by setting up new clinic locations in BC communities that are now left unserved.”
It’s unclear whether all the clinics will remain closed or if some may reopen under different auspices. Check back for updates as information becomes available.