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

Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) made significant strides to enhance our essential programs and services that support Albertans during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Last month we launched our Annual Report, which reflects all the work we have accomplished in the last year and the progress weContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review

Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

Starting October 21, 2019, all in-person applications for legal aid coverage in Edmonton will be accepted only at the Edmonton Law Courts at 1a Sir Winston Churchill Square. Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton office will no longer accept in-person applications.  This change to intake and reception services in Edmonton will bring us in line with theContinue reading Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

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

Mental Health Court team gives crash course to high-risk youth support team

As an organization, we are protectors. We serve Albertans, often the most vulnerable of us, and work tirelessly to protect their rights and ensure a fair legal process. One way we do that is by collaborating with others in the justice system, which is why the Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Mental Health Court team recentlyContinue reading Mental Health Court team gives crash course to high-risk youth support team

Grace Auger, right, accepts the Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award with Justice Rosalie Abella at the awards ceremony in Edmonton on November 22, 2018.

Grace Auger wins Women In Law Leadership Award

Legal Aid Alberta Grace Auger, right in the photo above, won a Leadership in the Profession Award Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Grace Auger received a Leadership in the Profession award during the Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards ceremony on November 22 in Edmonton. Auger was awarded the Leadership in Profession (Government) award for extraordinary leadershipContinue reading Grace Auger wins Women In Law Leadership Award

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

LAA to provide duty counsel services at bail hearings

Government of ALberta News Release: Helping Albertans navigate the justice system The government is introducing duty counsel services at first appearance bail hearings to reduce court backlogs and help Albertans understand their rights. Duty counsel is a free service that is available to all Albertans regardless of income levels. Under the new system, Legal AidContinue reading LAA to provide duty counsel services at bail hearings