TORONTO, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST),
the acknowledged best practice leader in providing Gladue services, is expanding its Gladue report writing program with an additional $1 million in funding over two
years from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).
The funding will allow ALST to hire new caseworkers and offer Gladue report writing services in new locations. The funding will also allow
ALST to hire a new aftercare worker in Brantford.
Gladue reports detail the unique life circumstances of First Nation, Metis, and
Inuit people and offer recommendations for sentencing given their
circumstances. Starting in 2014, ALST will hire a new aftercare worker in Brantford and
start offering Gladue report services in the following locations:
Oshawa - Peterborough - Lindsay
St. Catherines -- Niagara Falls
Barrie - Orillia.
ALST currently employs five case workers in Toronto, Brantford-Hamilton,
Waterloo-Wellington and Sarnia. They write Gladue reports at the request of defence counsel, crown attorneys or judges.
ALST also employs two Gladue aftercare workers, who help clients meet the conditions of their
sentences. This new investment is part of LAO's Aboriginal Justice
Strategy, which is part of LAO's ongoing commitment to enhance access
to justice and legal services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit people
"We know that there is a great demand for this service in these areas
because we regularly receive requests we cannot honour. We are very
appreciative of Legal Aid Ontario's longstanding support of the program
and especially for the funds to permit the expansion of our services."
Program Director at ALST
"Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto are leaders in the area of Gladue
service delivery. We hope this new investment will help serve
Aboriginal clients better. Improving access to Gladue services is an
important part of Legal Aid Ontario's Aboriginal Justice Strategy."
Legal Aid Ontario Chair
ALST is a multi-service agency serving Toronto's Aboriginal community
ALST offers many programs including advocacy, Aboriginal court workers
Legal Aid Ontario funds 76 community legal clinics in the province.
LAO's Aboriginal Justice Strategy aims to achieve measurable
improvements in service to Aboriginal people.
SOURCE: Legal Aid Ontario
For further information:
Program Director, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto
Tel: (416) 408-3967 ext. 226
Communications Advisor, Legal Aid Ontario
Tel: (416) 979-2352 ext. 6015