Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) hosted training sessions this month for its roster immigration lawyers on how to effectively prepare for and conduct Detention Review hearings. When a foreign national or permanent resident is detained by Canada Border Security Agency, a Detention Review Hearing will take place within 48 hours to determine if there is aContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Protecting the legal rights of new Canadians

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) provides support to some of the most vulnerable in society, including new immigrants and those who have left their lives behind to escape persecution. In 2018-2019, 883 certificates were issued for immigration matters, with over 825 distinct clients represented by  LAA in the areas of refugee claims, judicial reviews of refugeeContinue reading Protecting the legal rights of new Canadians

Important Notice to our Roster Lawyers

In November, Legal Aid Alberta held meet-and-greet events with Roster lawyers from across the province to provide information about important initiatives currently underway. Beginning in early February 2020, Legal Aid Alberta will be expanding Choice of Counsel and simplifying travel compensation. Choice of Counsel is enshrined in the Legal Aid Alberta Governance Agreement and isContinue reading Important Notice to our Roster Lawyers

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

Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

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 Lawyer Grace Auger Receives U of C Alumni Award

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

Call Back Feature a ‘Win-Win’ for Clients

Last month we announced  a client call back feature had been introduced in our client call centre. We are happy to report that in just this first month there have been over 6,300 callback requests and we are already seeing very positive results and significant benefits for our clients. Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) understands thatContinue reading Call Back Feature a ‘Win-Win’ for Clients

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New Process Speeds up Service for Legal Aid Alberta Clients

Last year Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) received over 185,000 phone calls and provided a lawyer to Albertans in nearly 52,000 cases. With so many people looking for help, the organization is always looking for better ways to serve Albertans, and especially how to assign lawyers faster and more effectively. Recently a project was launched thatContinue reading New Process Speeds up Service for Legal Aid Alberta Clients