In 2010, the Edmonton Community Legal Centre’s Board of Directors identified the increasing gap in family law services, especially in Edmonton, as an especially high need area that required greater research and understanding. The board determined it was necessary to investigate and consider possible future roles for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre in the area of family law. To this end the Centre secured funding from the Alberta Law Foundation to undertake an investigation into the current state of family law services available to low-income Edmontonians.
In the course of this research a wide range of services were reviewed and many individuals were interviewed in order to assemble a comprehensive view of the state of Family Law Services in Edmonton. The services ranged from professional legal advice to free online sources of legal information and the individuals interviewed included experienced private family law practitioners, family court counsellors, court clerks, duty counsel, and law students. This report was the culmination of three months of research and investigation and presents an overview of the state of Family Law Services in Edmonton in 2011.
The report, Family Law Services in Edmonton: A Review of Current Services and Emerging Needs, is available here. A press conference was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 17th at Edmonton City Hall where Board and staff of ECLC were available for comment.