Protecting the legal rights of new Canadians

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) provides support to some of the most vulnerable in society, including new immigrants and those who have left their lives behind to escape persecution. In 2018-2019, 883 certificates were issued for immigration matters, with over 825 distinct clients represented by  LAA in the areas of refugee claims, judicial reviews of refugeeContinue reading Protecting the legal rights of new Canadians

Legal community benefits from LAA’s in-house expertise

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is committed to professional development of its staff across the organization and sharing its expertise with the broader legal community. Our organization is in a unique position to effectively improve the overall quality of the justice system in Alberta. Educating our partners in the justice system about access to justice issuesContinue reading Legal community benefits from LAA’s in-house expertise

Mental Health Court benefits not only the accused, but society as well

The Edmonton Mental Health Court, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, is designed to deal with matters where there is reason to believe a person’s conflict with the law is due to a problem with mental health. The court is based on a therapeutic model, involving a more collaborative and restorative approach than the onesContinue reading Mental Health Court benefits not only the accused, but society as well

Duty counsel an integral part of justice system

As a core element of our service, we provide lawyers in courtrooms across Alberta. Duty Counsel lawyers provide information, guidance, and legal advice prior to an individual’s first court appearance in adult, family and youth matters. In many cases, Duty Counsel lawyers can advocate on behalf of the individual. A total of 12,082 certificates wereContinue reading Duty counsel an integral part of justice system

‘I was ready to give up’

The Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Service is an intensive one-year (minimum) court-supervised drug treatment program aimed at helping participants break the cycle of crime and addiction. The program sees participants completing drug treatment rather than being incarcerated. Successful graduates return to the community with access to secure housing, employment or schooling, as well as theContinue reading ‘I was ready to give up’

Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) made significant strides to enhance our essential programs and services that support Albertans during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Last month we launched our Annual Report, which reflects all the work we have accomplished in the last year and the progress weContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review