Statement from Legal Aid Alberta President and CEO John Panusa on client pre-payments: ​

 

“Legal Aid Alberta has worked hard to build constructive relationships with its stakeholders and its clients because our management, staff and Board of Directors cares deeply about the wellbeing of our clients, and believes that we can best serve Albertans when we collaborate effectively with others in the justice system.

Today Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley asked us to temporarily suspend our policy of exploring prepayment options from clients until we can meet with her and discuss the policy in more detail, and explore other collaborative options that may be available for Legal Aid Alberta to meet an ever increasing demand for our services using limited resources. We have agreed to this request, and look forward to what we are confident will be constructive discussions with the Minister and her officials as we work together to continue improving access to justice for Albertans.

It has never been the intention of Legal Aid Alberta to deny service to people who cannot afford to contribute. As Legal Aid Alberta is a legal assistance service, and not a free service, we continue to explore with government viable options for working with those we serve in a fiscally responsible way, without denying service to those who are vulnerable or unable to contribute. We look forward to speaking with Minister Ganley about cooperating to meet these necessary objectives.”

 

For more information:

Brian Mulawka
Director, Communications and Public Relations
P 780.427.6409  C 587.937.5857

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