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Legal Aid Alberta assists vulnerable Albertans by providing legal and support services to help clients navigate the justice system and get the help they may need. Find out more on the full Legal Aid Alberta website.
How long should young people have to wait for their criminal charges to go to trial? The Supreme Court of Canada may answer this question in a case scheduled for this February – and Legal Aid Alberta will have an opportunity to argue that under the new Jordan framework, there should be a lower “presumptiveContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Supreme Court youth appeal →
To better serve clients and Albertans across the province, Legal Aid Alberta has launched a new and improved support organizations section of its website. Legal Aid Alberta provides legal support to thousands of Albertans annually, and there are times when clients are in need of social or other legal supports to assist them in improvingContinue reading Support Organizations Resource launched →
Just over eight months since the program started, Edmonton’s Mental Health Court has proven early success, and is in no small part due to the collaboration of Legal Aid Alberta lawyers and Justice Navigators in and out of the courtroom. The Edmonton Mental Health Court is designed to address matters where there is reason to believe that a person’s criminal charges are due at least in part to mental health…Continue reading Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court →
Last year Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) received over 185,000 phone calls and provided a lawyer to Albertans in nearly 52,000 cases. With so many people looking for help, the organization is always looking for better ways to serve Albertans, and especially how to assign lawyers faster and more effectively. Recently a project was launched thatContinue reading New Process Speeds up Service for Legal Aid Alberta Clients →
Legal Aid Alberta Grace Auger, right in the photo above, won a Leadership in the Profession Award Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Grace Auger received a Leadership in the Profession award during the Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards ceremony on November 22 in Edmonton. Auger was awarded the Leadership in Profession (Government) award for extraordinary leadershipContinue reading Grace Auger wins Women In Law Leadership Award →
The new Governance Agreement and sustainable funding framework announced on Oct. 11 will give Legal Aid Alberta the flexibility it needs to help ensure the most vulnerable Albertans are able to access legal services and protect their legal rights. The agreement, signed with the Government of Alberta and the Law Society of Alberta, will provideContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta Negotiates New Governance Agreement →
In order to better serve Albertans and support the courts, Legal Aid Alberta now offers full-day criminal assessment services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., effective October 1, 2018.
After tremendously hard work by Legal Aid Alberta staff and stakeholders from across the Alberta justice system, the Justice of the Peace Bail program has launched successfully. And according to early indications it’s already beginning to have an impact. The program launched in Calgary and Alberta South (Red Deer and all communities south) with theContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta launches first phase of JP Bail →
Legal Aid Alberta is always looking to find ways to improve the service we provide Albertans who are in need of legal support at difficult times in their lives. As an organization we put our clients first in the way we think and the way we operate. That’s why we have been working diligently toContinue reading Phone system updates improve client service →
Court rules that solitary confinement of youth not authorized by the Corrections Act A charter challenge against the extended segregation of an Alberta youth over the period of two years was successful this week when Provincial court judge Geoffrey Ho ruled that the unlawful confinement contravened national and international law.
Celebrations recognize 20 years since Provincial Courthouse opened its doors Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is committed to educating and informing the public about their rights under the law and the importance of appropriate legal representation for all Albertans. Representatives from LAA, including John Panusa, President and CEO, and Tyler Tollefson, Vice-President of Legal Representation andContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta celebrates Law Day with Siksika Nation →
Legal Aid Alberta has been able to support elderly clients escape unhealthy, and at times, dangerous situations. Elder abuse is a serious social and public health issue that can destroy a person’s independence, dignity and sense of security. It can also damage lives and destroy relationships. Whether it is emotional, financial, physical or sexual inContinue reading How Emergency Protection Orders can improve the well-being of seniors in Alberta →
June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and staff from our Calgary office participated in the Walk to End Elder Abuse to help put the spotlight on the issue and let Calgarians know how we can help support Albertans escape unhealthy situations. Whether it is financial, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, thousands of AlbertansContinue reading LAA Joins in Walk to End Elder Abuse in Calgary →
As part of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) commitment to share its in-house expertise with the legal community, the organization recently held a very unique training session for Alberta lawyers. “Effectively representing children always poses unique challenges for lawyers,” explains Andrea Doyle, who is Assistant Senior Counsel with LAA and one of the team who presented atContinue reading Unique Training from LAA on Effective Representation of Children in High Conflict Cases →
Legal Aid Alberta was proud to join with other members of Alberta’s legal community to take part in this interesting, informative and fun family event. Law Day is a national event every April that celebrates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Alberta, it is usually celebrated in provincial courthouses across theContinue reading Alberta Law Day 2018 →
Government of ALberta News Release: Helping Albertans navigate the justice system The government is introducing duty counsel services at first appearance bail hearings to reduce court backlogs and help Albertans understand their rights. Duty counsel is a free service that is available to all Albertans regardless of income levels. Under the new system, Legal AidContinue reading LAA to provide duty counsel services at bail hearings →