Single Mothers’ Alliance v BC is a constitutional challenge against the Province of BC (Canada) and the Legal Services Society for failing to provide adequate family law legal aid to women leaving abusive relationships. West Coast LEAF and BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre are providing legal representation to Single Mothers’ Alliance BC and two individual women whose safety, well-being, and relationships with their children have been jeopardized by a lack of family law legal aid.
The case, launched in April 2017, alleges that BC has a constitutional responsibility under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to ensure access to the justice system for women who are fleeing violent relationships or facing ongoing abuse from ex-spouses. The plaintiffs will argue that BC’s legal aid system discriminates against women and children and violates their rights to life and security of the person by increasing their risk of exposure to violence and intense stress.
I’m interested in hearing whether there are other similar cases happening in any other jurisdictions around the world.