Alta. le­gal aid gets boost

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS WEATHER -

Al­berta is putting in an­other $70 mil­lion to le­gal aid ser­vices as part of a new agree­ment.

Premier Rachel Not­ley says the new deal will de­liver more and timely le­gal aid to low-in­come Al­ber­tans.

The money will be spread out over four years and is part of a new gov­er­nance agree­ment be­tween the prov­ince and le­gal aid, a ser­vice that about 60,000 used last year.

The to­tal op­er­at­ing grant for le­gal aid will now be $104 mil­lion in this bud­get year.

With the ex­tra money, le­gal aid will have more lawyers and or­ga­ni­za­tional changes will aim to re­duce turnover.

Le­gal aid ad­vice will also be more read­ily avail­able in per­son at the court­house or over the phone.

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