Emergency Protection Orders Project

Project Summary

Students support Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Duty Counsel lawyers by conducting intake and assisting applicants as they prepare and process Emergency Protection Orders (EPO). EPOs are available when violence or threatening behaviour occurs between family members and there is a need for immediate protection. Students will be the first point of contact in the EPO process. Students will listen to the client’s story and assist them in filling out the necessary paperwork. Students also have the opportunity to sit with Duty Counsel and observe the lawyer speak with the client and/or accompany Duty Counsel to court to observe them present the applications. Students will be required to take on a 3-hour shift twice per month at the Calgary Court Centre.

Number of students
and prerequisites

– 10 students
– No prerequisites required

Area of Law

– Criminal Law
– Family Law
– Court Procedure

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Client interviewing
– Public speaking skills

Project Type

Court-based Project

Project Timeline

Students will be required to take on a 3-hour shift twice per month at the Calgary Court Centre.

Project-specific training sessions: September
End of project shifts: March