In 1971, the New Brunswick Legal Aid plan was legislated to help low income individuals obtain the services of a lawyer at no cost or at a minimal cost. Over the next 30 years, the New Brunswick Law Society provided legal aid services, thanks in large part to the legal community who accepted certificates from legal aid clients at reduced rates.
In December, 2005, the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission (NBLASC) was created to oversee the development and delivery of criminal defence services and family legal services. The NBLASC provides legal services through staff lawyers and private lawyers who accept certificates and provide duty counsel services.
The New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission operates under the framework of the Legal Aid Act and Regulations.
On July 1, 2012, the Office of the Public Trustee transferred from the Department of Justice and Attorney General to the NBLASC. The Public Trustee of New Brunswick operates under provincial law, to protect the interests, both financial and personal, of elderly people, mentally challenged people, children, missing persons, and deceased persons, when there is no one else able and willing to do so.
The Public Trustee receives its authority under the Public Trustee Act, which refers to the following legislations: