COVID-19 UPDATE: Circuit locations will start to open for trials

As per the Provincial Courts of Alberta: COVID-19 Resumption Final Stage - September 8, 2020 The Provincial Court of Alberta is very mindful of the need to expand in-person access to the Court, while at the same time protecting the health and safety of courts users and the public, and to contain the spread of COVID-19. Effective July 6, 2020, we increased the number of criminal, family and youth, and civil matters that could be heard in-person at base point locations. Starting September 8, circuit locations will start to open for in-person and remote hearings (trials only) While we will do our best to keep our clients and community up-to-date on Covid-19 as we become aware, we do ask that you remain patient with us during this time and ask that you reach out to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling our office at 403-329-8188 For more information regarding Covid-19 and the Alberta Provincial Courts please visit: https://albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/covid  ...
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Resumption Plan Stage 1

COVID-19 UPDATE: Resumption Plan Stage 1   Current update as per Alberta Courts:   Docket Courts will only be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference. If you are not in custody and have an adult criminal court appearance in the Court between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 you do not need to attend in court. Your matter will be adjourned six weeks from the date of your scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter.   In-custody matters will continue to be heard as presently scheduled.   If you have any concerns or need to speak with one of our Criminal Defense Lawyers, please do so by calling our office at 403-329-8188. We are taking calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   For more information about Connolly and Associates visit our website at www.connollyandassociates.ca ...
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Legal Aid

UPDATE: Covid-19 - Legal Aid Clients can now call Legal Aid and get coverage for criminal charges. Call 1-866-845-3425 and let Legal Aid know your charges and choice of counsel. "Beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2020, we are implementing a new virtual out of custody process to support processing client applications for all out-of-custody criminal matters. If a client is eligible for coverage, we will issue certificates based on our normal process honoring our choice of counsel rules." If you previously contacted Legal Aid and were not assisted, please call again. Legal Aid has changed the Covid-19 policy and will begin taking applications again Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Even though our office is closed, we are still willing to assist by phone 24 hours a day. If you have been charged and require assistance please call Connolly & Associates at 403-329-8188. ...
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Traffic Court

TRAFFIC COURT Until further notice, all Traffic Courts in Alberta will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If you have an appearance, trial or application scheduled during the closure, do not attend court in person. Contact the court handling your matter by telephone, e-mail or fax.   Do not dispute your ticket but need time to pay, wish to adjourn your matter, or wish to plead not guilty and set a trial date. Not guilty pleas will also continue to be accepted by mail. Follow the instructions on your ticket for submitting a not guilty plea by mail. If you fail to contact the court handling your matter on or before your scheduled appearance, trial or application date, you may be convicted in absence or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you are convicted in absence, you may be subject to a late payment charge.   DO NOT ATTEND THE COURTHOUSE TO PAY FINES IN PERSON   Fine payments can be made: online at Fine Payments by...
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COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATE: Covid-19 We wanted to keep you in the loop during this pandemic so we will be sharing the following information from The Provincial Court of Alberta: COVID-19 PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE SCHEDULING OF MATTERS UPDATED APRIL 6, 2020 As of Tuesday March 17, 2020, if you have a criminal court or a Provincial Offences/traffic court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court, you do not need to attend unless the matter is an in-custody or urgent criminal matter, or an urgent family or child protection matter. No members of the public will be permitted in courthouses unless they are required for a court matter (parties, witnesses, media). Legal counsel is permitted access to the Court house for urgent court-related business ONLY. Do not come into a courthouse in person if you have been advised to self-isolate by public health officials, your doctor or the Alberta Health Services website; or you are self-isolating as a result of travel or contact with individuals with COVID-19. THE COURT IS REDUCING...
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Congratulations! Queen’s Counsel

We are so excited to congratulate our own Claudia Connolly for her well deserved appointment as Queen's Counsel. As an honorary of the Queen's Counsel a Lawyer is appointed by letters patent to be one of "Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law". Lawyers appointed the Queen's Counsel are long serving lawyers, because their status is given by the Crown and recognized by the courts. An Induction Ceremony for Claudia will be held at a later date at which time we will share and celebrate this accomplishment along side Claudia. #lethbridge #lethbridgelawyer #criminaldefense #criminaldefenselawyer #lethbridgelaw #lawyerlethbridge #queenscounsel ...
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Lawyer Spotlight! Darcy Shurtz

Darcy Shurtz was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2016. He was born and raised in the Lethbridge area and attended Athabasca University before obtaining a law degree in Western Michigan. Darcy was awarded a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Western Michigan University in 2014. Darcy completed his articles with Connolly & Associates where he has subsequently been practicing as an associate lawyer. Darcy practices in all aspects of criminal defence and works vigorously to defend the rights of his clients. Darcy appears regularly in criminal court in Lethbridge, Taber, Fort Macleod, and Cardston. Impaired driving, assault, property offenses, and drug-related offenses are some of the areas Darcy has significant experience and expertise. Darcy Shurtz Criminal Defense Lawyer in Lethbridge, AB Contact Darcy direct at: [email protected]  ...
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Lawyer Spotlight! Vincent Guinan

Vincent Guinan Since joining Connolly and Associates as a Student-at-law, Vincent has worked tirelessly to establish his professional reputation by acting as an aggressive advocate for his clients. During his 8 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, Vincent has sharpened his skills as a trial lawyer, and has secured not-guilty verdicts and lenient sentences for countless clients, many of whom who were facing serious and complex criminal charges. Vincent Guinan Criminal Defense Lawyer in Lethbridge, AB Vincent has successfully defended clients against charges including second-degree murder, sexual assault, break and enter, assault, drug trafficking and possession, and many more. Vincent has also diversified his legal practice by representing clients in quasi-criminal regulatory proceedings arising from legislation such as the Firearms Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Fisheries Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Customs Act. Vincent’s practice revolves around his ability to effectively assist clients with all manner of charges, and to provide compassionate, client-focused service throughout the...
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Lawyer Spotlight! Claudia Connolly

Lawyer Spotlight! Claudia Connolly Claudia is the sole owner of Connolly and Associates Criminal Defense. Claudia has established herself as a highly-respected and recognized name in Southern Alberta’s legal community through her 27 years of experience practicing criminal defense in Lethbridge, and the surrounding communities. Claudia Connolly Criminal Defense Lawyer in Lethbridge, AB Over the course of her 27 years in practice, Claudia has represented clients in complex matters in all areas of the criminal law, and uses this wealth of experience to benefit her clients as well as other members of her firm. Presently, Claudia’s practice is largely resolution focused, which means working tirelessly to ensure her clients receive the best possible sentences. Claudia can be seen advocating for her clients in criminal court on a daily basis. Claudia is committed to providing the highest level of legal assistance to some of the most marginalized groups in our society, and her dedication to this cause was recognized when she received the Legal Aid Alberta...
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