As required under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, all Albertans ages 12 to 17 charged with a criminal offense are eligible to get a lawyer from Legal Aid Alberta (LAA). We have staff lawyers in Calgary and Edmonton that handle youth matters, and roster lawyers who cover youth matters across the province as needed. InContinue reading Protecting the legal rights of young Albertans
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
Staff from across our organization wore orange on September 30, 2019 to honour Orange Shirt Day and to show support for residential school survivors and their commitment to reconciliation. One of Legal Aid Alberta’s core organizational values is that we are protectors. We serve Albertans, often the most vulnerable of us, and work tirelessly toContinue reading Staff Wear Orange to Commemorate Special Day of Awareness
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) staff lawyer Grace Auger received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Calgary during the Arch Awards ceremony last week. Auger was presented the award for her continued dedication to her profession. She is a valued member of LAA and has spent her career serving Indigenous people of Alberta andContinue reading Staff Lawyer Grace Auger Receives U of C Alumni Award
Congratulations are in order for Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Lawyer Desiree Tan for being recognized as a Filipino Champion of the Year. Tan received the award from the Filipino Champions of Canada (TFCC) on June 14, 2019, as part of the celebration of Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. Tan is a Senior Lawyer and TeamContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta lawyer recognized as a Filipino Champion of the Year
Metis youth advocacy program increasing awareness around culturally appropriate sentencing for metis youth Legal Aid Alberta aims to be the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous clients and communities by offering a more concentrated, knowledgeable and ‘made-in-Alberta’ approach to Indigenous services in both the rural and urban areas of the province. In 2016, Canada had anContinue reading A ‘Made in Alberta’ approach to Indigenous Services
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) co-hosted an event at Calgary City Hall to raise awareness about the unique experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth within the Canadian justice system. The conference, Ubuntu: Experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth and a Reflection of the Canadian Judicial System, held on On June 14, 2019, encouraged participantsContinue reading Understanding Sudanese culture key to supporting community
Starting June 3, 2019, all in-person applications for legal aid coverage will be accepted only at the Calgary Courts Centre (601 5 St SW). Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Calgary office will no longer be accepting in-person applications. Our office in the courthouse will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. onContinue reading Need to apply for Legal Aid? Head to the Calgary Courthouse.
The new Governance Agreement and sustainable funding framework announced on Oct. 11 will give Legal Aid Alberta the flexibility it needs to help ensure the most vulnerable Albertans are able to access legal services and protect their legal rights. The agreement, signed with the Government of Alberta and the Law Society of Alberta, will provideContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta Negotiates New Governance Agreement
In order to better serve Albertans and support the courts, Legal Aid Alberta now offers full-day criminal assessment services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., effective October 1, 2018.