Judges, lawyers, police attend workshop on emergency protection orders

Family Violence Prevention Month brings together more than 30 professionals for critical conversations about emergency protection.

Legal Aid AB
November 27, 2019

Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton Emergency Protection Order Program (EPOP) hosted a training session for staff and roster lawyers in an effort to increase awareness around Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) and Family Violence Prevention Month.

The lawyers who participated in this training represent a significant number of applicants and/or respondents in EPO matters. This particular session went into detail on topics including Trauma Informed Practices when working with families experiencing domestic violence, perspectives from the police on EPOs and breaches, as well as issues to consider as Counsel for the EPO Respondent.

“Sharing our expertise on EPO matters with the broader legal community helps to reduce barriers and demonstrates our core organizational value of being a protector of Albertans who are facing domestic violence.” Andrea Doyle, LAA Senior Advisory Counsel for Family and Immigration Law

“Our entire organization is very thankful to the other experts who were able to take the time out of their schedules to contribute to this training,” Doyle added.

An EPO is an order granted under Protection Against Family Violence Act and provides immediate protection for victims of family violence. LAA helps victims of family violence through its Emergency Protection Order Program. Offered in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge (and surrounding areas), there is no cost for obtaining or confirming protection orders and there are no financial eligibility requirements.

This training session was attended by 13 roster lawyers, 11 staff lawyers, 3 legal assistants, and 8 stakeholders. LAA has hosted several learning opportunities for the legal community in the past, including Effective Representation of Children in High Conflict Cases.

Special thanks to the presenters:

  • Judge Ken Holmstrom, Associate Chief Justice of the Provincial Court, Family and Youth Division
  • Madame Justice Debbie Yungwirth, Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Dustin Tkachuk, roster counsel of Lawrence and Tkachuk
  • Gwen May, Jessica Chapman, and Christina Riddoch, staff lawyers
  • Ian Wheeliker, Alberta Counsel of Women’s Shelters
  • Allana Jardine, RCMP Corporal

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