AJC Concerned with Alberta Legal Aid Funding
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
As we have done in the past, in other jurisdictions, the AJC is lending its support to our colleagues at the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association as well as our colleagues in the defense bar in their pleas for secure, adequate and stable funding for the legal aid system in Alberta.
The AJC is very concerned that the inadequately funded Alberta legal aid system has reached an alarming crisis point where defense counsel feels compelled to withdraw their services, and justice in the province is being threatened. The time for action is now. Justice in the form of proper legal aid funding cannot wait for the next budget cycle in 2023, and as such, the AJC President has written to Alberta’s minister of Justice to express our concerns and demand that they take action. The full text of the letter can be read here.