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Fighting the ‘fear of the legal system’ for the Indigenous community

Jun 25, 2020

One of the biggest obstacles for First Nations people is fear and lack of trust in the legal system, but there are ways to change that. Legal Aid Alberta Indigenous lawyers say now is the time for change.

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LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening

Jun 5, 2020

As youth courts are opening next week and adult criminal courts are set to open in the near future, LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening.

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Free resources available to help Albertans during COVID-19

Apr 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many Albertans. Families in Alberta are facing new challenges with co-parenting and domestic violence, which becomes more urgent as isolation continues.

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LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

Mar 31, 2020

On March 4, 2020, Legal Aid Alberta Queen’s Bench Duty Counsel lawyer Christine Le Quéré was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel for the province of Alberta.

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LAA courthouse intake services to temporarily close

Mar 13, 2020

 To help contain the spread of COVID-19,  all LAA intake services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Mental Health Act appeal

Feb 26, 2020

When someone is arrested by the police, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms promises the person the right to speak with a lawyer.

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In The News

Emergency protection order applications in response to family violence continue to rise in Alberta
The number of requests for emergency protection orders (EPO) for those facing family violence have spiked 17 per cent since 2018, says Legal Aid Alberta.
Calgary Herald | June 15, 2022

Domestic abuse and family violence on the rise in Alberta, organization says
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) says the number of emergency protection orders (EPO) filed by the agency has risen 17 per cent since 2018. An EPO is a court order that can protect people facing violence by keeping away an abuser and removing them from the home.
CTV News Edmonton | June 15, 2022

Increase in requests for emergency protection orders in Alberta
Legal Aid Alberta is seeing an increase in requests for emergency protection orders in the province, as family violence continues to rise.
CityNews Edmonton | June 15, 2022

CTV NEWS VIDEO: Indigenous inmate number rising
The proportion of Indigenous inmates at federal prisons is rising across Canada, and nowhere more than in Edmonton. Carlyle Fiset reports and interviews LAA's Stephen Shirt.
CTV News Edmonton at 6 | May 27, 2022

Percentage of Indigenous inmates in Edmonton hitting new highs
LAA's Stephen Shirt, Indigenous courthouse navigator & assessment officer was interviewed by CTV Edmonton about the high and continuously increasing rates of Indigenous peoples in the Alberta prison system.
CTV News Edmonton | May 27, 2022

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