Legal Aid Alberta clients facing criminal charges are able to choose the lawyer they want to represent them. This means a client living in a remote rural area has the same access to lawyers as those in larger cities.
LAA cannot always guarantee the preferred lawyer will accept the matter. Depending on the seriousness of their charges, clients can indicate their preference of counsel from within their local area, within Alberta, or across Canada.
Regardless of where clients live or are charged, they have equitable access to an experienced and knowledgeable staff or roster lawyer of their choice.