Disclaimer: The sites listed below are third party websites. Student Legal Assistance (SLA) has no control over these websites. SLA provides these websites as a convenience only. All information provided is for general knowledge purposes only. The information contained within these links and this website is not meant as a replacement for professional legal advice.
Legal Assistance Organizations
If you have a question that requires legal assistance, please contact Student Legal Assistance or consult a lawyer.
Other Legal Resources
- Legal Aid Alberta
Legal Aid Alberta exists to provide cost effective legal services for Albertans in need.
- Calgary Legal Guidance
Calgary Legal Guidance exists to provide legal assistance and information to disadvantaged persons who would not otherwise have access to such services.
- Lawyer Referral Service
The Lawyer Referral Service is a program operated by the Law Society of Alberta to assist members of the public in finding a lawyer who will provide the legal services they require.
- Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals in Edmonton and area understand their legal issues and solve their legal problems.
- Lethbridge Legal Guidance
Lethbridge Legal Guidance (LLG) is a non-profit society providing free legal advice, information and education to Albertans who are not able to afford access to justice.
- Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
The Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) provides legal advice and information to people who cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for legal aid.
- Grande Prairie Legal Guidance
Grande Prairie Legal Guidance (GPLG) is a non-profit joint initiative between Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), The Community Village and Grande Prairie lawyers.Volunteer lawyers from the Grande Prairie community donate their professional time to meet with clients and provide legal guidance and information.
- The Law Society of Alberta
The Law Society of Alberta is a self-governing body for Alberta's lawyers with a mandate to regulate the legal profession in the public interest.
- Canadian Bar Association
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protecting the independence of the judiciary and the Bar.
- Pro Bono Law Alberta
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.
- Volunteer Lawyer Services
ProVolunteer Lawyer Services is a program aimed at providing eligible charitable organizations with pro bono (free) legal services and advice in a range of areas.
- Alberta Law Reform Institute
The Alberta Law Reform Institute is the official law reform agency for the province of Alberta. It provides independent comprehensive advice to the Government of Alberta and other agencies to ensure that the law and administration of justice are kept up to date and serve Albertans to the best extent possible.
- Canadian Forum for Civil Justice
The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to bringing together the public, the courts, the legal profession and government in order to promote a civil justice system that is accessible, effective, fair and efficient.
- Alberta Justice
Alberta Justice is the provincial department responsible for the justice system and community safety.
- Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, librarians, teachers, and web specialists. The LRC uses a collaborative approach to develop materials and strategies for teaching people about the law.
- Alberta Courts, Family Court
The Family Court hears maintenance applications regarding spousal and child maintenance proceedings and custody access claims, when divorce is not an issue. In addition, this court hears all Child Welfare and Private Guardianship applications.
- Family Law Information Centre
The Family Law Information Centre can provide you with information about the Child Support Guidelines, including the tables for each province, how to calculate child support, and how to make, change or oppose a family law application in the Court of Queen's Bench.
- Provincial Court Family and Justice Services
Family Justice Services are a group of progams and services offered by Alberta Justice in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. Family Justice Services works directly with individuals and also with the judges of the Alberta Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench to help people get appropriate solutions for their family law issues.
- Alberta Human Services - Children and Youth
Alberta Human Services offers a range of services and programs for children and families. They strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, sound individuals. This website includes information on adoption, child care, foster care, family violence prevention, child welfare, supports for children with disabilities and many other programs that support families and communities, enabling them to provide nurturing, safe environments for their children.
- Maintenance Enforcement Program, Alberta Justice
The Alberta Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) is authorized by the Alberta Maintenance Enforcement Act to ensure that individuals meet their obligations to pay spousal and child support under the terms of their court orders and certain agreements. Once an order or agreement has been registered with MEP, maintenance payments that the debtor (payor) would normally pay directly to the creditor (recipient) are sent to MEP. MEP then forwards the payment to the creditor once the funds have cleared through a trust account.
- Parenting After Separation Course
Parenting After Separation is a free six-hour workshop. It was developed in Alberta by the Court of Queen’s Bench and Alberta Justice. The purpose of the workshop is to assist parents in understanding the process and effects of separation and to encourage parents to make positive choices about how they will continue to parent their children after separation.
- Federal Child Support Guidelines 2011 (Department of Justice)
Different tools to determine child support amounts under the updated Federal Tables
Human Rights Organizations
- Alberta Courts, Civil
Civil court hears all civil claims, subject to Provincial Statutory restrictions. The court can hear claims up to $25,000, subject to some restrictions.
- Provincial Court Civil Claims Mediation Program
Program that provides free mediation services when requested by parties or ordered by the court once a Dispute Note has been filed.
Employment & Labour
- Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commission is an independent body established by Parliament in 1977. It carries out its mandate at arms-length from the Government of Canada. The Canadian Human Rights Commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act.
- Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission
In Alberta, the Alberta Human Rights Act protects Albertans from discrimination in certain areas based on specified grounds. The purpose of the Alberta Human Rights Act is to ensure that all Albertans are offered an equal opportunity to earn a living, find a place to live, and enjoy services customarily available to the public without discrimination.
- Alberta Human Rights Act (Queen's Printer)