Albertans can remotely prepare for court thanks to new Legal Aid Alberta initiative

LAA duty counsel team steps in this summer to help provide critical services to rural and urban communities during COVID-19   Whether they’re in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray or Drumheller, Albertans have access to Advance Appearance Duty Counsel from now until Aug. 28, allowing them to prepare for court by phone or e-mail instead of making a trip to the courthouse in person. This new approach, launched by Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) to temporarily help the provincial courts amid COVID-19, has served hundreds of people since it started on July 3 in response to Alberta courts re-opening thisContinue reading Albertans can remotely prepare for court thanks to new Legal Aid Alberta initiative

LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening

As youth courts are opening next week and adult criminal courts are set to open in the near future, some of Legal Aid Alberta’s family practice lawyers wanted to share their experience on what courthouses were like in Edmonton and Calgary after Family Courts reopened on June 1.   Vita Houlihan, Lawyer, Family Provincial Court, Calgary Courts Centre   “In many ways I currently feel even safer workingContinue reading LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening

Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) hosted training sessions this month for its roster immigration lawyers on how to effectively prepare for and conduct Detention Review hearings. When a foreign national or permanent resident is detained by Canada Border Security Agency, a Detention Review Hearing will take place within 48 hours to determine if there is aContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

As part of our efforts to build stronger relationships with our stakeholders in the justice system, our senior leaders held Meet-and-Greet Information Sessions with Roster Lawyers and members of the Judiciary in November. These sessions took place in Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Edmonton and St. Paul (a session scheduled in Grande Prairie was unfortunately cancelledContinue reading Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

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

Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

Starting October 21, 2019, all in-person applications for legal aid coverage in Edmonton will be accepted only at the Edmonton Law Courts at 1a Sir Winston Churchill Square. Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton office will no longer accept in-person applications.  This change to intake and reception services in Edmonton will bring us in line with theContinue reading Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

10 Year Anniversary of the Low Income Individuals & the Law Course

As part of Alberta’s first Access to Justice Week (September 29 – October 5, 2019) Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) partnered with the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the Edmonton Community Legal Centre to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Low Income Individuals and the Law Course. This course links the study ofContinue reading 10 Year Anniversary of the Low Income Individuals & the Law Course

Specialized Training from LAA on Immigration & Refugee Law

As part of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) commitment to being a Centre of Excellence in all that we do, our organization recently held an Immigration and Refugee Law training session for Alberta lawyers. Presenters at this event included LAA staff lawyers and resident immigration experts Ruth Williams and Juliette Ukpabi, as well as guest speakersContinue reading Specialized Training from LAA on Immigration & Refugee Law

Re-establishing Duty Counsel Services in Fort McMurray

As part of our efforts to ensure that all Albertans have access to our vital services, we are pleased to announce that full-time Duty Counsel services are being provided by our staff lawyers are now available in Fort McMurray and the remote community of Fort Chipewyan. Duty Counsel services are an area where Legal AidContinue reading Re-establishing Duty Counsel Services in Fort McMurray