Regional LAA offices complete and process client applications and issue LAA certificates (appoint a lawyer) for financially eligible people. In some cases, LAA certificates are issued to staff lawyers, who provide services through our specialized staff law offices.
We offer coverage for many legal issues, but not all. Legal aid is most often offered for cases that include:
- Family Law — e.g. child welfare, divorce, custody
- Serious criminal charges
- Civil Law — e.g. immigration matters
In terms of providing legal aid coverage, LAA has divided the province into eleven regions, each with a regional office. Regional staff travel, on circuits, to many surrounding communities. To find an office near you, please visit our contact us page.
||Central Alberta Law Office|
|The Central Alberta Law Office (CALO), located in Red Deer, provides civil law (and some criminal) legal services to Albertans with legal matters within the Judicial District of Red Deer.|
|A Duty Counsel program ensures the availability of free legal advice and assistance to people making their initial criminal court appearance unrepresented by counsel. There is no financial eligibility testing for assistance through this program.|
||Family Law Office|
|With offices located in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge, the Family Law Office (FLO) assists clients who have a family law legal problem and who have qualified for services through Legal Aid Alberta.|
||LAA at Siksika Nation|
|Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) at Siksika Nation is a joint program of the Siksika Justice Department and Legal Aid Alberta that provides Siksika Nation members (primarily) with a wide range of high quality legal services.|
||Youth Criminal Defence Office|
|The Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO) provides legal services on behalf of youths (under 18 years of age) that have been charged with a criminal offence. The services of the YCDO are available to young persons facing charges in the Youth Courts of Calgary and Edmonton.|