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The goal of the Court Assistance Program (Queen's Bench Amicus Program) is to improve access to justice for self-represented litigants appearing in Queen' Bench Justice and Masters Chambers. This program brings volunteer lawyers into Chambers, where they act as 'amicus curiae' and help the court understand the issues related and the positions taken by unrepresented litigants.

The  program offers opportunity for courtroom advocacy in a positive environment, which can give great skills-building experience for lawyers and students, and the program is beneficial for overall professional development, mentoring, networking, building collegiality, and enhancing the public image of the legal profession. In this way, a volunteer is able to serve multiple roles – to assist the individual in understanding court processes and procedures, to assist the court in understanding the issues raised and positions taken by the self-represented litigant, and, ultimately, to make the court less mysterious to members of the public and more efficient for members of the legal community. Clients are assisted on matters such as landlord and tenant issues, foreclosures, civil restraining orders, and general civil litigation issues.

The Court Assistance Program (Queen's Bench Amicus Program) was launched at the Calgary Courts Centre in October 2013. Assistance in Morning Chamgers is provided Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Free legal advice is provided Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

This project is made possible through the support of the following law firms and organizations:

Thank you to the lawyers, articling students and law students who volunteer their time to participate in this valuable service.

Updated February 28, 2018