Will the Ottowa government respond? Roger de Montfort
Lou Strezos, vice president of the association, said: 'The real danger is that people who are innocent, people who are being imprisioned, are not getting access to justice.' More Legal Aid funding is available to defendants who plead guilty than those who do not. Someone making a guilty plea will get Legal Aid if they earn less than Can$18,500 a year (£10,670) but the threshold goes down to Can $10,800 (£6,230) for others.
James Foord, president of the Defence Counsel Assocation of Ottowa, said: 'There are built-in slope towards pleading guilty. You get a lawyer if you want to plead guilty, you don’t get one if you want a trial.' Source: Ottowa Citizen