The late Justice Bouck of the BC Supreme Court was a friend of this law school. He was very kind to myself and (now Justice then professor) Brown. Among his passions was the question of civil procedure and its fairness.
A few days the Supreme Court struck down BC's court fees' structure in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 59. The Court held that when fees deprive litigants of access to the courts, the fees are too high.
Bouck would have gone farther than the SCC did. In his book, Exploding the Myths (Juriliber 2006) at 69, 71:
"Words often quotes from Magna Charta declare: 'To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice.' Nonetheless, the executive is deep into the business of selling ... justice. It imposes punitive filing fees on litigants for processing a civil case through the court system. It forces litigants to pay hearing fees for the services of a justice. ......"As to all court filing and hearing fees, it seems wrong in principle to charge litigants anything. Without paying filing and hearing fees, individuals may obtain the services and advice from politicians in the legislative branch of government. they may also receive free advice and many governmental services from public servants in the executive branch. These two branches are part of the law making machinery. Since the public can obtain services free from the laws' makers, why should they have to pay any filing or hearing fees for the services of judges as the laws' interpreters?"