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.
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:
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
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 the Alternative Measures Program
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.
NOTE: SLS is closed for exams from April 8 - May 13. Our last day open will be April 5 and our first day open for the summer is May 13.
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.
Downtown Location: #203, 9924 106 Street
University Location: 11036 88 Avenue
Please bring all of the information relating to the charge(s) against you (tickets, promise to appear, disclosure), as well as income documentation.