Access to Justice encompasses a variety of aspects. It involves obtaining the essential information to understand one’s legal rights and responsibilities. It entails having meaningful entry to the courts or an alternative dispute resolution system in times of conflict. It includes the ability to engage legal representation to safeguard one’s interests. Access to Justice also involves participating in shaping the laws that govern us. In essence, it encompasses all these elements and more.
Canadian Bar Association – Alberta is a leader and the voice of Canada’s legal profession.
An essential ally and advocate for our members, we promote fair justice systems, facilitate effective law reform, uphold equality in the legal profession and are devoted to eliminating discrimination. We are also the premiere provider of quality legal training and information.
PBLA is a non-profit 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. PBLA is not a direct provider of pro bono services to the public, but rather works through partnerships, collaborative projects, and events that involve the legal community and organizations providing pro bono legal services.
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice, advocacy, information, referral, and support when income poses a barrier to accessing justice. We are solutions focused, with strong values grounded in justice, community, accessibility, and accountability. ECLC is one of the six legal clinics in Alberta supporting communities for over 20 years. Other legal clinics are based in Fort McMurray, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.