Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2005/2006

Statistics Canada just released the annual report Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2005/2006.

Some highlights:

-Spending by Canada’s legal aid plans during 2005/2006 was up 9% from the previous year.

-Legal aid plans spent $673 million on providing services in 2005/2006, or the equivalent of $21 for every Canadian. Before 2005/2006, this spending had been stable for three years.

-Legal aid plans received 780,000 applications for assistance, an increase of 3% from the previous year.

-About 477,000 applications were approved for full legal aid service. This is up 2% from the year before.

-About 12,000 lawyers from both the private sector and legal aid plans delivered legal aid assistance in 2005/2006, an increase of about 10% from the previous year.

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