Barriers to Access to Justice

Older adult may face significant barriers to accessing to justice. These may include:

  • May be unaware of their rights, especially in area of rights of residents of seniors housing;
  • Many areas are complex – thick statutes
  • Physical barriers, lack of accessible transportation or services;
  • For those living in care homes – the staff (who may be the problem) may be only link to outside world;
  • Fixed income and limited coverage by BC legal aid;
  • Court proceedings often lengthy
  • Not a strong ‘elder law’ bar in BC

If a legal process pits an older adult against their service provider or family member – they will be reluctant file complaints – as they must continue to use service provider into the future or want ‘peace in the family.’

At BCCEAS we work to overcome these barriers on behalf of older adults.