Alberta lawyers’ group applauds new legal aid money in NDP budget, says it will address ‘serious problems’

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An increase in legal aid funding in the Alberta government’s budget last week is earning a positive response from a lawyers’ association in the province.

“It is an important first step to stabilize legal aid,” Kelly Dawson, president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA), told Global News on Monday. “Their budget for last year, 2016-17, was in the order of $67 million in terms of the government’s contribution – they do have other sources of revenue but the government, by far, is the largest. And this year’s budget provides for, I believe, $81.4 million.”

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