LSLAP CC s 684 Project Volunteer Sign-up
The Law Students' Legal Advice Program ("LSLAP") operates a project dedicated to assisting prisoners in British Columbia with completing Criminal Code s. 684 applications. For more details on the project, please read the following:

Section 684 of the Criminal Code provides that a court of appeal or judge of that court may assign counsel to act on behalf of an accused party to an appeal or preliminary proceedings, where, in the opinion of the court or judge, it appears desirable in the interests of justice that the accused should have legal assistance and where it appears that the accused does not have sufficient means to obtain that assistance.

Completing a s. 684 application requires the applicant complete three forms: a letter of authority, a notice of motion, and an affidavit for appointment of counsel. Upon filing, the prisoner is then brought before a Chambers judge of the BC Court of Appeal to hear the application. The filing of a section 684 application can occur only after the prisoner has filed a notice of appeal with the court.

LSLAP’s role in assisting prisoners with the application would be to assist in ensuring that the applications are properly completed. Working with LSLAP’s criminal supervising lawyer, Andrew Bonfield, students would be required to travel to the respective prison or penitentiary where the client is located and conduct an interview to complete the required forms. A student would not be providing legal advice to the client and would not be representing the client at the Chambers hearing.

PLEASE NOTE: THE COST OF TRAVEL WILL BE REIMBURSED.

To be eligible to participate, students must attend the mandatory training session.

After we have compiled submitted applications, we will be e-mailing applicants to confirm their participation. If you ave any questions, please feel free to contact Daniel Comeau (publications@lslap.bc.ca).
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Year at Law School *
Do you have access to use of a vehicle? *
Considering all of your other commitments (school, volunteer work, part-time job, etc.), are you willing to devote up to four days throughout the school year to attending a prison or penitentiary outside the Lower Mainland of BC? Please consider that attending will likely take most of the working hours of a day. You may be asked to attend approximately once every two months (between 1 - 4 times) throughout the school year. Please also note, if you are a 2L, you will be expected to continue with the project in the first semester of 3L. *
Considering the nature of this project, you understand and are willing to work with persons currently incarcerated for committing offences under the Criminal Code or another statute of Parliament? *
Please provide a brief description of your other related work and/or volunteer experience: *
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