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

Supreme Court decision on presumptive ceiling could have impact on youth clients

A decision pending in the Supreme Court of Canada could have a significant impact on some of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) youngest and most vulnerable clients. On February 23, 2019, LAA lawyers Dane Bullerwell and Susan Haas appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene on behalf of LAA in the case of K.J.M. vContinue reading Supreme Court decision on presumptive ceiling could have impact on youth clients

Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Supreme Court youth appeal

How long should young people have to wait for their criminal charges to go to trial? The Supreme Court of Canada may answer this question in a case scheduled for this February – and Legal Aid Alberta will have an opportunity to argue that under the new Jordan framework, there should be a lower “presumptiveContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Supreme Court youth appeal