For Albertans in police custody
LAA’s Justice of the Peace bail duty counsel lawyers are available from 8 a.m. to midnight, 365 days per year, to inform, advise, and even represent arrested people in official court bail hearings, all by telephone.
If you find yourself in police custody, the law enforcement detachment can provide LAA contact information to speak with a lawyer who can provide advice and/or representation at your bail hearing.
Many Albertans are at a disadvantage if they are arrested. They can be too frightened, confused, or overwhelmed to exercise their rights or make informed decisions.
Without immediate information and advice from experienced defence counsel, an arrested person has limited access to justice and may inadvertently forfeit his or her fundamental rights. For clients, the fear of remaining in custody—potentially leading to life-altering circumstances. This includes a person’s right to a release hearing within 24 hours, which may be essential to the person’s staying employed or being home for children.