Intervening at the Intersection of Poverty and the Legal System

“Access to justice is not the same as access to legal advice and services either through traditional channels or by means such as online advice. Access to justice means ensuring a decent level (not a poor man’s law) of legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford it on housing issues, on children and family issues and on issues arising from alleged criminal activity. Access to justice is not capable of a crude market solution.”

“To be effective and accessible for Albertans, legal services must be delivered as part of a coordinated and holistic response to local social conditions and needs.”

Published 19 March 2013

Updated 5 January 2021