LSLAP's Role in Human Rights Proceedings (6:VII)

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A. LSLAP’s Role in Provincial and Federal Proceedings[edit]

In provincial proceedings, clinicians may assist clients in completing the Complaint or Response Forms at the initial stages. We may also be able to provide full representation to clients at the BC Human Rights Tribunal but are usually limited to less complex cases where the scheduled hearing is set for two days or fewer. Where LSLAP cannot help directly, we can refer claimants to the BC Human Rights Clinic, which may be able to assist. The BC Human Rights Clinic assists hundreds of people every year. This lawyer-run program ranges from providing summary advice to full representation for hearings at the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

The BC Human Rights Clinic accepts applications for assistance made within thirty days after a complaint has been accepted for filing. However, they may be able to offer assistance for those who are applying beyond the thirty-day limit.

In the federal system, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has been set up to assist individuals with drafting complaints and to facilitate mediation. Students should, therefore, refer clients to the CHRC for assistance, though they can remain involved in the process by providing representation at mediation.

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program on July 22, 2020.
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