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 Seniors First BC we work to overcome these barriers on behalf of older adults.