​Legal Aid Alberta may provide representation for the following areas of criminal law:

  • ​​indictable offences, whether in the Criminal Code or any other Federal Act;
  • summary conviction offences with a likelihood of imprisonment upon conviction;
  • Extradition Act offences.

When you contact Legal Aid Alberta's Legal Services Centre, an assessment will be completed to determine the best service option for your legal issue. Legal Aid Alberta will appoint a lawyer to represent you if you fall within our financial eligibility guidelines and your legal issue is within our scope of service.

Legal Aid Alberta uses a number of criteria when selecting a lawyer to represent you, which may include the severity of the charge and the court location. Legal Aid Alberta may appoint a lawyer from the private bar or a lawyer from our Adult Criminal Law Office.

Criminal Law

Legal Aid Alberta provides early resolution to lower-level criminal offences and serve clients throughout Alberta. Eligible clients are referred through Legal Aid Alberta's Legal Services Centre.

In Calgary and Edmonton, lawyers also provide service as duty counsel in the Drug Treatment Court programs. The lawyers sharing these duties provide assistance in court on a weekly basis and are available to support and help guide drug treatment participants throughout the process. They are also part of Drug Treatment Court teams.