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Legal Aid Alberta backs down on prepayment plan for clients

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 12:12 PM | By Ian Burns

Alberta's legal aid society has put on hold a proposal to charge deposits to its clients, but a prominent Edmonton criminal lawyer says the organization is facing a serious cash crunch that needs to be addressed.

Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen GanleyLegal Aid Alberta implemented a policy Sept. 21 requiring clients to pay a deposit of between $25 and $150 before being assigned a lawyer. But soon after the policy was made public, provincial Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley expressed her...