​Appealing Legal Aid Alberta's decision regarding eligibility.

You may not qualify to be represented by a lawyer for financial reasons or for reasons related to your case. An initial assessment of your matters and a decision about appointing a lawyer for you will be made by a Legal Services Officer.

In making the decision, the Legal Services Officer will follow the Rules and Policies of Legal Aid Alberta. No decision will be made until you have provided all necessary information required by the Legal Services Officer to make the decision. Once a decision has been made, you will be advised of that decision either in person, verbally, or in writing. You will also be advised what you may be able to do if you disagree with the decision that has been made.

Step 1 - Request for Review

If you believe an error was made by the Legal Service Officer in refusing to provide you with a lawyer or terminating your service, then you may request that that decision be reviewed. The Request for Review form is to be submitted within 15 days of the original decision. A Request for Review form will be provided to you upon request or by accessing Request to Review form - Eligibility Decisions; if requested, a Legal Aid Alberta staff person will assist you in completing the form.

The review is a process conducted by a trained staff member of Legal Aid Alberta. No personal appearance is necessary for the review as it considers the material you have already provided to Legal Aid Alberta to see if an error has been made in the Legal Services Officer's decision. You may be required to provide additional information. If an error was made in the initial decision, it will be corrected. This may or may not result in a different decision regarding your file. You will be advised of the Reviewer's decision in writing. You will also be advised about what you may be able to do if you disagree with the Reviewer's decision.

Step 2 - Request to Appeal

If you believe that the Reviewer has made an error in upholding the previous decision, then you may request that the decision be appealed to the Appeals Committee. A Request to Appeal form will be provided to you upon request or by accessing Request to Appeal Form; if requested, a Legal Aid Alberta staff person will assist you in completing the form. The Request to Appeal form is to be submitted within 30 days of the Administrative Review decision.

The members of the Appeals Committee are made up of Legal Aid Alberta board members, independent lawyers and community members who are not employees of Legal Aid Alberta. These individuals volunteer their services to Legal Aid Alberta for this purpose. Teams or panels of members will meet when necessary to consider appeal requests. An Appeal involves a review by a committee at a teleconference hearing; you may appear personally for an appeal, but only if you ask to do so. The Appeals Committee is bound by the Rules and Po​lici​es of Legal Aid Alberta. 

All decisions made by the Appeals Committee are final decisions and cannot be appealed further.