They rely heavily on lawyers who volunteer their services, but they do have 3-4 staff lawyers who can guide clients through the whole court process or even represent them.
Their financial guidelines vary, but they usually have a little higher threshold above Legal Aid. The do offer some exemptions, e.g. victims of domestic violence who may not have access to the family income.
Meetings are by appointment only. You can contact them via phone, email or an online form on their website. They will ask some preliminary questions to see if you qualify for their services.
There are no limits to how many times you can use their services.
They will also refer clients to various social service agencies as required.
They do NOT assist with Criminal matters.
They CAN help with:
Family Law, including separation and divorce, child custody, child support, and more
Landlord and Tenant
Employment and wrongful dismissal
Immigration, including concerns of Temporary Foreign Workers. Eligibility for their services does not depend on your status in Canada.
Income supports, including appeals for AISH, Employment Insurance, CPP, and others.
This month we were fortunate to be joined by Caroline Gosling (a board member of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association) who provided us with an introduction to Restorative Justice.
According to Caroline, “Restorative Justice is an approach that focuses on the repair of harm and restoration of damaged relationships caused by specific incidents between people and within communities.”
Restorative justice differs from the traditional justice system in that there is a stronger focus on the victims and their needs. The offenders are still held accountable, but the victims play a larger role in the whole process. The person who caused the harm must be willing to take responsibility.
Julie noted that both Headstart and CALL are coming up soon. Volunteers are needed for both. Please also consider volunteering for the ELLA executive. The term for the current executive ends at the end of August.
Edmonton CALL members are excited to host this year’s annual conference and… We still need volunteers!
We are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions over the course of the CALL Conference. Sign up now! Volunteers can sit in on programming for free during their shift if it does not interfere with their duties. Unfortunately, we cannot provide free access to the entire conference for volunteers, nor can we provide meals or snacks.
Be sure to visit the conference website for the up-to-date information regarding the conference schedule and social activities.