Alberta Legal Resources – Legal Aid Alberta

Jennifer Costigan,  Assistant Senior Counsel for Corporate Law & Case Management, Legal Aid 

  • Legal Aid provides a wide range of legal services from referral to traditional legal representation.
  • In addition to criminal law, they deal with Child Welfare, Adult Guardianship and Immigration matters
  • They utilize staff lawyers and lawyers from the community
  • Income testing is required for full representation. There may be billing, but payment plans are available or claiming undue hardship may be an option
  • Starting April 1st, all AISH recipients will be eligible regardless of assets
  • Some services they provide are available to all Albertans including:
    • Duty counsel in every criminal court in Alberta
    • Duty counsel in family courts in larger centres
    • Fresh arrest advice
    • Emergency protection orders program in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge
    • Alberta Review board
    • Drug treatment court
    • Youth representation (ages 12-18)
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Jennifer Costigan
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Alberta Legal Resources – Court Assistance Program

Rukaiyat Lawal, Program Coordinator (Edmonton)Court Assistance Program, Pro Bono Law Alberta

  • The Court Assistance Program provides Civil Claims Duty Counsel and the Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program (Amicus) in both Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Under the Civil Claims Duty Counsel program, anyone can receive 30 minutes of free legal advice. It is available on a first come first serve basis, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the service. This program is available in Edmonton on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • They do not provide advice with respect to family, criminal or company law matters.
  • Under the Amicus program in Edmonton, they provide support for applications made in Masters’ chambers and QB courts on Wednesday mornings.
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Rukaiyat Lawal
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Alberta Legal Resources – AJEFA (Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta)

Denise Lavallée, Directrice Generale/Executive Director, AJEFA (Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta)

  • AJEFA is a bilingual information centre located at La Cité francophone.
  • Services can be provided remotely or in person free of charge to all Albertans.
  • They provide a variety of legal services in both French and English including:
    • Relevant legal information including many brochures and other materials in French;
    • Referrals to bilingual legal professionals;
    • Commissioner for oaths and notary public services;
    • Workshops and information sessions.
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Denise Lavallée
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Presentation on Restorative Justice: the Theory and the Practice

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to a

Presentation on Restorative Justice: the Theory and the Practice

Friday, March 29, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Boardroom B2(Note: NOT the Barristers’ Lounge)
Law Courts Building, Lower Level, beside cafeteria
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

Caroline Gosling, Board Member of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association and long-time practitioner of and advocate for Restorative Justice, will provide an overview of the basic tenants of RJ and some examples of its impact in real-life situations. Please join us for this enlightening session!


Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Please RSVP to secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca by Wednesday, March 27, 2019

There will be door prizes, again!

We accept membership applications throughout the year; the dues are the same affordable price that they have always been.  Students qualify for free membership.

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ELLA Blog Update – January & February 2019

ELLA started out the new year with a two-part series that focused on Alberta legal resources that are available to the public at no or minimal cost. During our sessions held on January 22 and February 27, members were treated to a total of six presentations from guests representing several local agencies. Over the next few days a description and the presentation materials from each of the following presentations will be posted and linked from this blog post as well.

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