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

Fighting the ‘fear of the legal system’ for the Indigenous community

In the photo above: Legal Aid Alberta lawyers Grace Auger (left) and Jessica Buffalo (right). Legal Aid Alberta Indigenous lawyers say now is the time for change in the province  (Calgary, AB and Siksika Nation) One of the biggest obstacles for First Nations people is fear and lack of trust in the legal system, butContinue reading Fighting the ‘fear of the legal system’ for the Indigenous community

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

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

The Journey to Recovery in Drug Treatment Court

A year and a half ago, Stephany was facing 30 months in jail for crimes she committed to support her drug addiction. After a 19-month journey, she graduated from Edmonton’s Drug Treatment Court (DTC) as a strong courageous woman with a bright future – actively engaged in recovery, prepared for employment, and most recently gaveContinue reading The Journey to Recovery in Drug Treatment Court

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

Legal Aid Alberta releases 2018-2019 Annual Report

Legal Aid Alberta is proud to announce the release of our 2018-2019 Annual Report that highlights the value we provide for all Albertans, and shows why our services are necessary for the justice system to function effectively. Our new Strategic Plan highlights five key strategic priorities that Legal Aid Alberta is focused on, and ourContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta releases 2018-2019 Annual Report

Supporting and growing Mental Health Court Boot Camp

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is participating in a Mental Health Court Boot Camp at the Edmonton Law Courts on May 4, 2019. Families Supporting Adults with Mental Illness (FAMI) organized the boot camp to educate families and other people who support those struggling with mental health issues to navigate the criminal justice system.  The ultimateContinue reading Supporting and growing Mental Health Court Boot Camp

Legal Aid Alberta launches first phase of JP Bail

After tremendously hard work by Legal Aid Alberta staff and stakeholders from across the Alberta justice system, the Justice of the Peace Bail program has launched successfully. And according to early indications it’s already beginning to have an impact. The program launched in Calgary and Alberta South (Red Deer and all communities south) with theContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta launches first phase of JP Bail