LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

On March 4, 2020, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Queen’s Bench Duty Counsel lawyer Christine Le Quéré was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) for the province of Alberta. An appointment as Q.C. represents a great deal. Le Quéré will be joining a highly respected group of lawyers deserving of recognition and distinction for the exceptionalContinue reading LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

LAA courthouse intake services to temporarily close

Based on publicly available information, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is implementing proactive measures to protect employees and clients and limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.  To help contain the spread of COVID-19,  all LAA intake services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Until further notice, allContinue reading LAA courthouse intake services to temporarily close

Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Mental Health Act appeal

When someone is arrested by the police, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms promises the person the right to speak with a lawyer. But does the Charter also guarantee a lawyer for someone who has been detained in a hospital because they suffer from a serious mental illness?  The Alberta Court of Appeal mayContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Mental Health Act appeal

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

Specialized Training on Emergency Protection Orders

Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton Emergency Protection Order Program (EPOP) hosted a training session for staff and roster lawyers on November 25, 2019 in an effort to increase awareness around Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) and Family Violence Prevention Month. The lawyers who participated in this training represent a significant number of Applicants and/or Respondents inContinue reading Specialized Training on Emergency Protection Orders

‘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’

Drug Treatment Court success: ‘All I knew was chaos’

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 Drug Treatment Court success: ‘All I knew was chaos’

Drug Treatment Court success story: ‘I just thought it was my life’

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 Drug Treatment Court success story: ‘I just thought it was my life’