Roster Update

Gladue Report validation requirements, effective July 15

Legal Aid Alberta, together with our expert network of 1,200 roster lawyers across the province, is proud of its role in ensuring access to justice for all Albertans—including many of the most vulnerable residents of our province. Part of this role is to periodically review Tariff items to ensure that they are well implemented and serving the best interests of all our clients.

We would like to draw your attention to item 11.10 in the Legal Aid Alberta Tariff of Fees, which covers Gladue reports and IRCA reports:

This tariff item is billable once per certificate when a client identifies as Indigenous, First Nations, Metis or Inuit and counsel prepared Gladue submissions for court and made substantive Gladue submissions in court, or when an IRCA report/submissions are utilized in a similar manner.

Rules regarding Specific Services Covered by this Tariff Item:

  • Submissions made with a Gladue/IRCA report
    • This tariff item is billable if a Gladue/IRCA report was provided to the Court.
  • Submissions made without a Gladue/IRCA report
    • This tariff item is billable if counsel’s preparation of Gladue/IRCA report submissions included:
      • Interviewing the client
      • Contacting extended family and/or other community supports to identify and confirm supporting information that relate to Gladue/IRCA factors
      • Ensuring that culturally appropriate restorative justice options for sentencing or bail were put before the Court.

As part of LAA’s due diligence in reviewing invoices, effective July 15, 2024, lawyers will be required to provide validation of this tariff item on invoicing for certificates issued on or after July 15. Either of the following may be submitted as documentation:

  • A copy of the Gladue report, filed with the Court.
  • A copy of substantive sentencing or bail submissions to the Court showing that the preparation criteria were met.

As always, all uploads will be kept strictly confidential and used for the sole purpose of reviewing and validating the associated invoice.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to [email protected]. Thank you to the many lawyers who work daily to safeguard Gladue principles for clients across Alberta.

Lawyer Portal service outage July 5; DC Portal bug fixes

Lawyer Portal will be unavailable from Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m. until Saturday, July 6 at 11:59 p.m. in order to implement several minor bug fixes to DC Portal. Changes include:

  • Users will now be able to see if an update to a client’s financial information is required.
  • The link to the Financial Eligibility Guidelines has been updated to match the new guidelines implemented April 1.

Our thanks to the many roster Duty Counsel who have attended DC Portal training sessions and reviewed the recordings. Training materials can now be found on the public website under Roster Resources and we encourage all roster Duty Counsel to review these materials in order to make the best use of this important new tool.

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