The Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1990 to promote access to justice in French in Alberta. Since June 2015, we are now a registered Canadian charity.
Up until 2001, the AJEFA was busy carrying out several projects in both Calgary and Edmonton, such as organizing mock trials, conferences and workshops; producing information material; publishing weekly columns on legal matters in Le Franco; and taking part financially in the Laskin Moot competition.
Due to lack of funding, the AJEFA was inactive for a few years but resumed its activities in 2005 after the provincial ACFA in partnership with the Fédération nationale des juristes d'expression française de Common Law (National French-speaking Lawyer's Association of Common Law) revived the association.
The role of the AJEFA is to inform Albertans of their rights and responsibilities by providing and delivering legal information to the general public and to special clienteles (schools, elders, newcomers, families...). It also aims at improving and facilitating access to justice and legal services in French in Alberta.
Moreover, the AJEFA aims at collaborating with Anglophone associations (e.g.: The Law Society of Alberta, judicial authorities) to bring awareness to the needs of the French-speaking Albertans to avoid overlaps.
Since April 2015, the AJEFA has been operating the Alberta Legal Information Centre, which offers legal information, support and referral services with regard to clients' legal questions. These services are provided in French or English, in person or remotely, free of charge and in addition to existing resources. Funded by the Department of Justice Canada, the creation of the Centre is the result of a close collaboration between francophone and anglophone stakeholders. For further information, please visit www.infojuri.ca.
For our most recent annual report, please click HERE.