Ask A Lawyer: In child welfare cases, family law duty counsel lawyers balance the scales

Communications and Public Relations
September 07, 2021

Family law is a broad area of law aimed at solving family and child welfare issues that are seemingly insurmountable. It isn’t unusual for people to find themselves in need of legal representation for family issues. Last year alone, Legal Aid Alberta lawyers handled more than 1,500 child welfare cases and over 3,000 family and civil law cases.

Family law duty counsel lawyer Scott Hammond explains the crucial role duty counsel lawyers carry out in courtrooms across the country. Giving voice to unrepresented clients, lawyers like Scott make sure all parties are treated fairly and procedures are followed.

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Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense.

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