Criminal Law

Everybody matters.


About the Criminal Project

The Criminal Law Project has been a part of Student Legal Services since 1969, and has helped thousands of people in the Edmonton area who have been charged with criminal and regulatory offences who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for Legal Aid. We also have various legal information booklets available online.

☎ (780) 425-3356


Who Can We help? 

Whether or not we can help you will depend on your age,  income, and the nature of the offence you've been charged with. Please note that we can help all University of Alberta students with a valid OneCard. 

You must be 18 years of age or older. If you are under 18, you have a right to Legal Aid. The only exception to this is if you have been charged with a traffic offence and you have been denied Legal Aid. 

Income Guidelines
You must meet our guidelines before SLS can help you. You will need to provide proof of income documentation such as: last year's tax return/assessment, or last 3 months of pay stubs, bank statements, or statements showing income assistance (Alberta Works or AISH). 

Nature of the Offence
We only assist individuals charged with summary offences, regulatory offences, and offences under the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act. We cannot assist you if you are facing the possibility of incarceration. Some common criminal offences that SLS assists with are: 

  • Assault

  • Mischief

  • Impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08, and refusing to provide a breath sample

  • Theft under $5000 (e.g. shoplifting)

  • Possession of stolen property

  • Fraud, meal/transportation by fraud, and uttering a forged document

  • Possession of a controlled substance (e.g. possession of marijuana)

  • Communication for the purpose of prostitution

  • Failure to appear for a court date or for fingerprinting

  • Indecent acts

  • Causing a disturbance

  • Obstructing a peace officer

  • Section 810 Peace Bonds (criminal "restraining orders")

What can we do?

Law student caseworkers act as agents for individuals in the Provincial Court of Alberta. All students act under the supervision of our advising lawyers. Caseworkers for the Criminal Project can:

  • Give your legal information

  • Appear at the Case Management Office or in docket court to speak to your matter

  • Request disclosure and review it with you

  • Assist with applications for Alternative Measures Program or Community sentences

  • Negotiate with the Crown Prosecutor on your behalf

  • If you choose to plead not guilty, run your trial

  • If you choose to plead guilty, speak to your sentence

We appear in Provincial Court in Edmonton, Stony Plain, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Morinville. If your court appearance is in another location, SLS will not be able to help you. 

If your court appearance is in Calgary, Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary may be able to help you. 



Shift times

To open a file with the Criminal Project, please visit come visit us in our office! No appointment is necessary, but it is a good idea to call ahead to see if we can help you. Please bring all of the information relating to the charge(s) against you (tickets, promise to appear, disclosure), as well as income documentation. 

Downtown Location: #203, 9924 106 Street

The following hours apply to SLS’s summer hours, which operate May 13 - August 23, 2019. We are closed on statutory holidays.

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - noon & 1 - 4:30pm (if you plan to visit our office, please come in before 4pm as we stop taking walk-ins at 4pm)


  • SLS’s summer hours will finish on August 23

  • Between August 26 and September 20, SLS will be closed.

  • SLS will open again on September 23, when our 2019-20 school year hours will begin

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Vegreville and Wetaskiwin: Starting August 2019, SLS’s Criminal Law Project will be appearing in Provincial Court in both Vegreville and Wetaskiwin once per month. See the picture to the right for a list of dates: