On Monday, Minister of Justice Louis Sebert updated the Legislative Assembly on the Legal Aid Commission expanding its outreach services.
As part of a pilot initiative, an Outreach lawyer held weekly clinics in Yellowknife and delivered service clinics in 19 communities.
Minister of Justice Sebert explained that “residents did not have to make an application, nor meet a financial means test for this service. Anyone who would benefit from speaking with a lawyer on issues such as housing, landlord and tenant disputes, disability or employment issues, child protection, or elder’s wills, was eligible for a limited consultation.”
As this service proved to be very successful, a full-time Outreach Legal Aid Clinic has been launched. It now offers free confidential legal advice for up to three hours.
In-person clinics will be held in NWT communities on a regular basis. Phone appointments may also be arranged. Over the next few months a schedule of regional clinics will be developed.