Vancouver lawyer Dugald Christie, shown in this 2000 photo outside the Supreme Court in Ottawa, was killed before his case against taxation of legal fees was argued in the court.

  Legal aids have become more prevalent since the turn of 19th century. Stemming from the 'right to counsel' and 'right to a fair trial' movement, laws nowadays accomodate more for the poor and lawyers have gradually included the legal aid for the poor as one of their purview by providing their services pro bono.


The rise in awareness of legal aid has definitely benefitted the poor by giving them a legal voice within the society. However, despite the large amount of support rendered to the poor, legal fees and other charges incurred ( such as filing of the case, etc) still prevail and remain at a steep price. One of such fees would be the taxes for legal fees. 

A Case On Taxes On Legal Fees[edit | edit source]

The case in view would be that of a Vancouver activist Dugald Christie and his crusade to eliminate tax on legal fees in British Columbia. Christie argued that such tax disfavor the poor and creates problem for them to seek legal counsel. Christie further argued that such taxes disrupt justice, contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 


In the end, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that if Christie's argument were upheld, it would create huge implications on the legal landscape and add significant burden to the taxpayers. 

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