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"A vital mission"

Oct 16, 2020

Long Service Awards celebrate 23 employees from around Alberta who’ve been with Legal Aid for five,10,15 and 20 years.

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Mental health court is a gateway to a better life for Alberta’s marginalized community, says Legal Aid Alberta lawyer

Oct 8, 2020

For Mental Health Awareness Week, LAA lawyer Amna Qureshi talks about how Edmonton’s mental health court is changing lives.

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Drug court graduate a "pillar of strength"

Oct 5, 2020

Two years ago, 33-year-old Tyson was living on the streets of Edmonton and addicted to meth. Today, he’s sober, works as an outreach worker, and has reconnected with his daughters....

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#WeWearOrange on September 30

Sep 30, 2020

Legal Aid Alberta staff and lawyers join the nationwide awareness campaign to honour Indigenous people sent to residential schools.

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Legal Aid Alberta announces extension of new initiative to help Albertans prepare for court remotely

Sep 28, 2020

Legal Aid Alberta is urging Albertans to call the Advance Appearance Duty Counsel program up to 14 days ahead of their first court appearance.

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In The News

Court inconsistent on domestic violence cases during pandemic
Legal Aid staff lawyer Christina Riddoch has seen first-hand the impact of the pandemic on families and safety. She talks to CBC News about a noticeable increase in Emergency Protection Orders.
CBC Edmonton | October 14, 2020

Mental health court showing success two years after its inception
Amna Qureshi, lead of the Legal Aid Alberta mental health court team, said the court has completed more than 8,000 cases in the past two years.
Edmonton Journal | October 8, 2020

Legal Aid extends AADC to the end of November
Pilot project to manage court backlogs deemed a success.
Athabasca Advocate | October 3, 2020

For Canada to truly recover economically, we need new thinking around access to justice
Legal Aid Alberta President and CEO John Panusa says the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to make tough policy decisions quickly, with multiheaded, Hydra-like consequences for citizens.
Globe and Mail | August 19, 2020

Legal Aid aims to clear court backlog with advanced appearances by phone
Legal Aid Alberta is offering to help Albertans prepare for court remotely, cutting the number of visits people have to make to the courthouse amid COVID-19.
Edmonton Journal | July 31, 2020

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