CBA Alberta responds to Alberta Budget 2024

  • March 01, 2024

The Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch (CBA Alberta), acknowledges the funding commitments by the Alberta government to modernize the justice system in our province, such as through the Justice Digital project. These advancements are essential to improving efficiency and accessibility within our legal system, ultimately benefiting both legal professionals and the public.

CBA Alberta also welcomes the funding allocated to restorative justice and resolution services programs, recognizing the importance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in addressing legal conflicts. The expansion of the family justice strategy is similarly welcomed for its potential to support families navigating complex legal matters.

CBA Alberta urges the government to prioritize courthouse infrastructure projects, particularly in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. The timely commencement of planning processes for work on these courthouses is crucial, and expediting this work will enhance access to justice in these communities and promote the efficient operation of our legal system. The sooner shovels can be in the ground, the better.

As negotiations for a new tripartite agreement for legal aid funding conclude, CBA Alberta also calls for sustainable support for legal aid services. Investment in legal aid not only facilitates access to justice but also yields significant cost savings, as outlined in our research into the benefits of our 2021 research on this matter.

CBA Alberta continues to emphasize the importance of maintaining investment in justice and legal aid as a top priority for the government. Ensuring access to justice for all Albertans is essential for a fair and equitable society and we remain committed to working collaboratively with the government and other stakeholders in the legal community to achieve this shared goal.

Kyle Kawanami
President, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch

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