​Legal Aid Alberta may provide representation for the following areas of criminal law:

  • ​​indictable offences, whether in the Criminal Code or any other Federal Act;
  • summary conviction offences with a likelihood of 
        • imprisonment upon conviction;
        • a likelihood of loss of the means of earning a living upon conviction; 
        • and/or possible deportation from Canada as a result of a conviction
  • Extradition Act offences.

When you contact Legal Aid Alberta's Legal Services Centre, an assessment will be completed to determine the best service option for your legal issue. Legal Aid Alberta will appoint a lawyer to represent you if you fall within our financial eligibility guidelines and your legal issue is within our scope of service.

Legal Aid Alberta uses a number of criteria when selecting a lawyer to represent you, which may include the severity of the charge and the court location. Legal Aid Alberta may appoint a lawyer from the private bar or a lawyer from our Adult Criminal Law Office.

Criminal Resolution Office

Legal Aid Alberta's Criminal Resolution Office provides early resolution to lower-level criminal offences and serve clients throughout Alberta. Eligible clients are referred to the Criminal Resolution Office through Legal Aid Alberta's Legal Services Centre.

In Calgary and Edmonton, Criminal Resolution Office lawyers also provide service as duty counsel in the Drug Treatment Court programs. The lawyers sharing these duties provide assistance in court on a weekly basis and are available to support and help guide drug treatment participants throughout the process. They are also part of Drug Treatment Court teams.