Emergency Protection Order Program Reduces Barriers for Indigenous Women Facing Family Violence

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) recognizes that reducing barriers to obtaining protection orders is necessary in order to help Indigenous women stay out of harm’s way when faced with a violent partner. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murder Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) final report calls on all governments to “ensure that protection orders areContinue reading Emergency Protection Order Program Reduces Barriers for Indigenous Women Facing Family Violence

Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court

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

How Emergency Protection Orders can improve the well-being of seniors in Alberta

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

Unique Training from LAA on Effective Representation of Children in High Conflict Cases

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