Roster Updates

News and Notices: 2020

In-person court appearances

November 18, 2020 – Last week, we became aware that ACPS has advised all Crown prosecutors to appear virtually for all docket courts, as well as for trials whenever feasible. While LAA’s operations at the courthouse continue to be business as usual, given the Crown’s approach we wanted to remind you that you are encouraged to contact us in advance with any concerns you may have about appearing in person.

Duty Counsel referral

November 3, 2020 – LAA is launching a new process to improve client service by streamlining the process for clients who already have active coverage for an adult criminal matter.

Change of counsel requests

October 1, 2020 – We are excited to share with you a number of improvements to the Change of Counsel request process. As you know, clients sometimes experience delays when requesting a change of counsel, which has had negative impacts on them and you, as well as creating delays in the courts. We will be implementing several changes on October 2, which will streamline and expedite the change of counsel process.

LAA to launch first phase of Criminal Trial Group

September 3, 2020 – The Criminal Trial Group will expand our full-scope criminal law offerings to select adult clients, taking on a limited number of specific matters only, where our staff lawyers might be able to provide a high level of service to especially vulnerable clients, such as youth transitioning to adult court.

Appropriate hours services

September 3, 2020 – On July 6, 2020, Legal Aid Alberta implemented appropriate hours on family certificates. Every family matter is reviewed by an assessment team lawyer, and appropriate hours are determined based on the presented legal issues and information provided by the client.

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