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RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT

Every Province and Territory of Canada has a of Canada. The Association is responsible applicants with a civil legal problem have legal

legal aid plan which belongs to The Association of Legal Aid Plans for a reciprocal legal aid agreement which ensures that eligible assistance available to them outside their province of residence.

Pursuant to this agreement, an application for coverage is taken by the legal aid plan in the province of residence

and forwarded to the province of residence

province where

the legal

and substantive

eligibility

assistance is required.

is

determined

by

the

Financial eligibility is assessed by the

service

province.

The

current

reciprocal

agreement

does

not

cover

criminal

charges.

Clients

with

criminal

charges

in

another

province

must

apply

directly

to the legal aid plan of the province people in custody are often made.

where

the

charges

were

laid,

although

if

circumstances

require,

efforts

to

assist

No formal agreement exists between Canada and other countries to provide counsel for legal problems. The Legal Aid Society of Alberta does attempt to assist residents with problems outside the country by contacting the other country and providing information requested that would assist in the appointment of counsel.

British Columbia

141

189

Saskatchewan

56

67

Manitoba

35

26

Ontario

53

35

Quebec

11

14

Nova Scotia

13

11

New Brunswick

6

2

P.E.I.

0

0

Newfoundland

4

0

N.W.T.

9

8

Nunavut

12

9

Yukon

4

3

RECIPROCITY ACTIVITY 2002-2003

Total

344

364

Provinces, Territories and Countries

Applications Sent By Alberta To Other Jurisdictions

Applications Received By Alberta From Other Jurisdictions

29

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