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

Understanding Sudanese culture key to supporting community

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

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

Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court

Just over eight months since the program started, Edmonton’s Mental Health Court has proven early success, and is in no small part due to the collaboration of Legal Aid Alberta lawyers and Justice Navigators in and out of the courtroom. The Edmonton Mental Health Court is designed to address matters where there is reason to believe that a person’s criminal charges are due at least in part to mental health…Continue reading Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court