Alberta criminal lawyers have voted to end job action in which they were refusing to take on legal aid certificates, following the province’s decision Wednesday to increase their hourly compensation by 25 per cent.
In a news release Thursday, the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in Calgary, the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association out of Edmonton, the Red Deer Criminal Lawyers Association and Lethbridge’s Southern Alberta Defense Lawyers Association jointly announced they were pausing their five-month-long job action in light of the increase.
Justice Minister Tyler Shandro announced Wednesday the hourly rate for lawyers would be increased from $100 to $125 effective Jan. 1.
The increase follows a bump in October from $92.40 per hour made possible by increased federal funding.
The total increase in amounts to a more than 35 per cent increase in the hourly rate.
“We would like to thank Minister Shandro for sitting down with our