Child representation panel off to a strong start

Child representation panel off to a strong start

August 17, 2023

In accordance with the Governance Agreement, Legal Aid Alberta carefully represents children in high conflict parenting matters. If the Court decides that the parties are engaged in high-conflict litigation, LAA promptly assigns counsel to protect the interests of the children and to express their views and preferences in full.   

To ensure we have experienced and well-trained lawyers accepting these certificates, LAA has established the Child Representation Panel. The Panel has been operational for 16 months. It brings together 45 roster lawyers with significant training and proven skills in this unique area of family law.   

As the condition of being on the Child Representation Panel, its members are required to seek out learning opportunities and complete at least 8 hours per year of continuing professional development (CPD) in the field of children representation.   

These provisions help LAA succeed in pursuing one of organizational strategic priorities – quality of counsel. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Child Representation panelists for having far exceeded the minimum CPD requirements, as well as for their strong commitment to continuous learning and professional growth in this highly demanding area of practice. 

To learn more about LAA lawyer panels, please go to Panels – Legal Aid Alberta.   

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