Information regarding arrested/detained adults
Any person who is under arrest and/or is being detained has the right to receive free legal advice from a lawyer.
In addition to duty counsel at the courthouse, Legal Aid Alberta also provides duty counsel services specifically for detained persons through the Brydges program. This service ensures access to immediate legal advice by telephone for all detained persons in Alberta regardless of their financial situation. The service is available 24 hours a day and offers a translation service in 110 languages.
The telephone number for the toll-free line is reserved for detained persons only, and is posted in police stations and detention centres across the province. If you know someone who is being detained and you are able to speak with them, you may tell him/her:
- That they have the right to immediate, free legal advice from a lawyer.
- To ask for the toll-free number to speak with a lawyer, if they have not already done so.
Information regarding arrested/detained youth
Brydges youth service is also available to young persons (under 18 years of age) who have been arrested pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act or under provincial legislation. This service is available 24 hours a day and the local phone number is posted in police stations and detention centres across the province.