The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan published its final report on Access to Justice – Needy Person Certificates and Waiver of Fees
"As the costs of litigation and other legal services rise, concern about financial barriers to access
to justice is increasing.
The Queen’s Bench Rules
, a potential
litigant may, in some
obtain a waiver of court fees by obtaining a Needy Person Certificate. Needy
Person Certificates are useful, but challenges exist respecting their scope and availability under
. A further challenge is that Certificates are only available to litigants in the Court
of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. Individual rights are also adjudicated in the Small Claims
Court and by boards and tribunals, which have varying policies regarding fee waivers.
that Needy Person Certificates and fee
waivers in Saskatchewan need to be updated and expanded. This Final Report sets out the
Commission’s proposals on
access to justice
for the less advantage
d members of our
through fee waivers."
The report looked at fee waivers in Ontario and British Columbia.
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