Alberta premier tells justice minister to look at court resources, legal aid in mandate letter
Friday, August 4, 2023 | Law360 Canada | By: Ian Burns
...[The provisions outlined in the mandate letter] were welcomed by Amanda Lindberg, the president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Alberta branch, who said they closely aligned with the organization’s agenda for justice.
“I am a practising family lawyer, so I deal with the current family justice system on a daily basis, so I appreciate the fact that the government is prioritizing streamlining it,” she said. “What exactly that is going to look like I think is too soon to know or predict, but I think it is fair to say all actors want the outcome to be a better family justice system.”
Lindberg also applauded the commitment to legal aid, saying the annual income requirement of approximately $22,000 per year is way too low.
“That really needs to be evaluated,” she said. “I’m happy to see part of the mandate was to look at legal aid, its funding and to see if we can improve upon it, and again that is in line with what our members have indicated as being a priority for them."