We may be able to help you if you are likely to receive a jail sentence or face deportation consequences.
If you need help at court, we can provide a duty counsel lawyer (a lawyer to help you on the day of court) who can help you set a trial date, speak with the Crown on your behalf, run a bail hearing, explain the nature of your charges, and more. Duty counsel is a free service available to all Albertans, regardless of your income.
We can provide a duty counsel lawyer for your first court appearance, free of charge.
You can speak to a duty counsel lawyer by telephone 24/7, free of charge. You have the right to receive free legal advice from a lawyer 24 hours a day. Our reserved phone number is posted in all police stations.
If you have been denied bail, you will need to call to apply for legal aid. If you are awaiting your bail hearing, we can provide a duty counsel lawyer who can help you.
When applying for legal aid, you are responsible to find a support person to assist you.
No, applications cannot be made on behalf of another person unless you can confirm that you are their court-appointed guardian.