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Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in Detention Review Hearings

Feb 18, 2020

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) hosted training sessions for its roster immigration lawyers on how to effectively prepare for and conduct Detention Review hearings. When a foreign national or permanent resident...

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Protecting the legal rights of new Canadians

Jan 29, 2020

In 2018-2019, 883 certificates were issued by Legal Aid Alberta for immigration matters.

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Legal Aid Alberta creates meaningful learning opportunities

Jan 15, 2020

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is committed to professional development of its staff across the organization and sharing its expertise with the broader legal community. Our organization is in a unique...

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Mental health court benefits both the accused and society

Dec 18, 2019

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...

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Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

Dec 2, 2019

100 roster lawyers attend meet-and-greet sessions with LAA executives.

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Judges, lawyers, police attend workshop on emergency protection orders

Nov 27, 2019

Family Violence Prevention Month brings together more than 30 professionals for critical conversations about emergency protection.

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In The News

Legal Aid finds new efficiencies in downtown space
The Calgary office of Legal Aid Alberta has made the move from two floors at Dominion Centre on 8th Street, S.W., where it has been located since 2001, to a more convenient space in the Fifth and Fifth tower, a whole floor that allows all departments to be on one level.
Calgary Herald | October 22, 2020

Court inconsistent on domestic violence cases during pandemic
Legal Aid staff lawyer Christina Riddoch has seen first-hand the impact of the pandemic on families and safety. She talks to CBC News about a noticeable increase in Emergency Protection Orders.
CBC Edmonton | October 14, 2020

Mental health court showing success two years after its inception
Amna Qureshi, lead of the Legal Aid Alberta mental health court team, said the court has completed more than 8,000 cases in the past two years.
Edmonton Journal | October 8, 2020

Legal Aid extends AADC to the end of November
Pilot project to manage court backlogs deemed a success.
Athabasca Advocate | October 3, 2020

For Canada to truly recover economically, we need new thinking around access to justice
Legal Aid Alberta President and CEO John Panusa says the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to make tough policy decisions quickly, with multiheaded, Hydra-like consequences for citizens.
Globe and Mail | August 19, 2020

Legal Aid aims to clear court backlog with advanced appearances by phone
Legal Aid Alberta is offering to help Albertans prepare for court remotely, cutting the number of visits people have to make to the courthouse amid COVID-19.
Edmonton Journal | July 31, 2020

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