All youth (12 to 17 years old) are eligible to receive representation by a lawyer through Legal Aid Alberta when charged with a criminal offence, as this is mandated under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. 

When you, or a legal representative, contact Legal Aid Alberta we will explain the process for representation. In Calgary and Edmonton, youth lawyers from Legal Aid Alberta are most often appointed. Lawyers from the private bar are appointed throughout the province.

Youth Criminal Law

Services are available to young persons facing charges in the Youth Courts of Calgary and Edmonton. 

Often there are a number of issues that impact young persons' wellbeing. These may contribute to their involvement with the justice system. Legal Aid Alberta Justice Navigators work with the youth to address the issues underlying their criminal behaviour in order to assist their rehabilitation.