About Legal Aid Alberta

Legal Aid Alberta is a Centre of Excellence that helps vulnerable Albertans across the province at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Through professional, effective and accessible services that support better outcomes for our clients, we make a difference in the lives of Albertans and deliver value that extends beyond those who receive our services.

Legal Aid Alberta is seeking to fill a full time JP Bail Duty Counsel in our downtown Edmonton office.  This position will appeal to an individual that likes to take initiative, is client focused and is exceptionally strong in delivering high-quality results.

Job Description

Reporting to the Team Lead, some of the key responsibilities of the JP Bail Duty Counsel are to:

  • Comply with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules and policies of Legal Aid Alberta (LAA).
  • Duty Counsel conduct to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules of LAA.
  • Review information related to bail and provide legal advice to client regarding their bail hearing.
  • Negotiate release conditions and/or resolution with Crown counsel for persons in custody.
  • Negotiate with Crown and represent client at bail hearings.
  • Negotiate competent resolutions of files in docket court to achieve early, cost effective and lasting outcomes for clients.
  • Complete and accurate statistical record keeping.
  • Compliance with office policy and procedures.
  • Participate in performance and staff meetings as required.


Education and/or Experience:
    • Law degree from a recognized law school.
    • Active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
    • Previous experience in youth and/or criminal practice.
    • Rules of Court and youth and criminal law legislation.
    • Excellent understanding of court and tribunal processes, with working knowledge of regional variances.
    • Excellent understanding of police and arrest procedures, with working knowledge of regional variances.
    • Excellent understanding of bail hearing procedures.
    • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills.
    • Legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, preparation of court documents, application of law to relevant facts.
    • Advocacy, problem solving and conflict resolution.
    • A high level of comfort working with technology and a keen enthusiasm for learning new systems including computer literacy of MS Office and web based legal research tools and other web-based resources.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
    • Ability to manage work in high pressure and high conflict situations.
    • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients and/or LAA on the appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to build rapport and negotiate effectively with Crown Counsel.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively when working with complex clients.
    • Understanding of community resources available to complex clients
Why work for Legal Aid Alberta?

If you got excited at the prospect of being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, please forward your resume to careers@legalaid.ab.ca referencing posting number LAA-19-56.

This posting will remain open until positions are filled.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.