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Group decries Alberta legal aid system, says ‘program is a neglected and degraded shadow of its true potential’

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:19 AM | By Ian Burns

A number of groups representing criminal defence lawyers in Alberta have been ringing the alarm bell over legal aid funding in the province, with one withdrawing its services on pro bono cases until the government adds $60 million to what they call a starving system.

Ian Savage, president of the Calgary-based Criminal Defence Lawyers AssociationIan Savage, president of the Calgary-based Criminal Defence Lawyers Association (CDLA), fired off a scathing letter to the provincial government April 16, calling the legal aid system a “shackled and starving foster...