Published on Sunday, 02 November 2008 20:12
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
FIND A LAWYER
Law Society of Alberta Referral Service
1-800-661-1095 (in Alberta only) or 228-1722 in Calgary.
For general inquiries see Dial-A-Law
Dial-a-Law is a service you phone to listen to pre-recorded tapes containing
general legal information including information about criminal matters.
Written copies of the tapes can also be mailed on request.
The phone number is 1-800-332-1091 or in Calgary, 234-9022.
Calgary Legal Guidance is a nonprofit organization. Staff lawyers and
law students help people who are charged with less serious offenses. Staff
accept or reject applications for assistance on a case-by-case basis.
You can call them at (403) 234-9266.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, call the nearest Legal Aid office (call
the toll free RITE line at 310-0000 to ask for the nearest Legal Aid office)
to see if they can help you. They will set up an interview. You may have
to pay a $10 application fee. If you are being held in a remand facility,
a correctional institute or a hospital, contact Legal Aid by phone or ask
the facility to set up an interview. Legal Aid staff make regular visits
to these facilities. Legal Aid is not free. You will be asked to pay back
the cost when you are able to. When you apply to Legal Aid, you must give
financial information so that they can determine whether you are eligible.
Your eligibility depends both on your financial situation and on the type
of legal problem that you have. If Legal Aid cannot assist you,
Student Legal Assistance is an association of law students at the University
of Calgary. They provide year round legal assistance and representation
in Provincial Court to people charged with less serious criminal offenses
who are unable to afford legal services. If Student Legal Assistance agrees
to help, you will be charged a $30 fee. Their
phone number is (403) 220-6637.
Student Legal Services of Edmonton can give legal information and may
assist low-income people in Provincial Court with a number of criminal
charges: breach of probation, certain driving offenses, common assault,
impaired driving and more. Their hours of operation change during the school
term. You can phone them at (780) 492-2226 for further information.
Elizabeth Fry societies work with, and on behalf of, women involved
with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. The
Edmonton and Calgary Elizabeth Fry societies have courtworkers who provide
information to both men and women on court procedure, plea options and
directions. They also provide referrals to duty counsel and other community
and legal resources. The phone number is 294-0737 in Calgary and in Edmonton
Native Counselling works to ensure that Native people receive fair
and equitable treatment in the justice system. Their Native Courtworker
Program provides Aboriginal people with information about court procedures,
their rights and responsibilities under the law, and advocacy, support
and referrals to Legal Aid and other resources. Court workers also may
attend court with their clients.
The phone number is (403) 237 - 7850 in Calgary & in Edmonton (780)
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