At any given time, Legal Aid Alberta represents approximately 35,000 Albertans who need comprehensive legal assistance. Our staff and roster of private-practice lawyers serve in 75 communities across the province, managing over 64,000 active files.
Approximately 80 per cent of LAA client files are for adult criminal matters.
In addition to this work, LAA’s Justice of the Peace Bail program handles approximately 30,000 bail hearings annually. Protecting people facing family violence, our lawyers apply for more than 2,000 Emergency Protection Orders every year.
Duty counsel lawyers serve countless thousands of Albertans every year by providing free legal advice to anyone appearing in court for their first time.
Clients who qualify for comprehensive legal aid coverage are required to pay fees that are more affordable than those charged by private practice lawyers. We provide legal support for people seeking resolution with:
LAA legal services offered at no cost are crucial in protecting people’s constitutional rights and immediate safety. All Albertans are eligible. Most interactions are brief.
Legal aid services in Alberta are provided by a mix of staff lawyers who are employed by Legal Aid Alberta and contracted private sector lawyers – known as roster lawyers – who do legal aid work in addition to their private practice law.
Legal Aid Alberta applicants, clients and their lawyers are supported by a team of frontline Client Services staff as well as corporate and administrative professionals.