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Alberta to spend millions on new Crowns and clerks, no new money allocated for legal aid

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 3:40 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Alberta government is dedicating millions of dollars to help reduce the backlog in the province’s court system, which has caused Crown prosecutors to stay multiple charges due to delays.

Kelly DawsonThe $14.5 million will be in the government's budget, on March 16, and will go to hiring 35 Crown prosecutors and 30 court clerks, but none has been allocated to legal aid funding. The president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Kelly Dawson, said delays in the court system won’t cease if money isn’t...