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Complex Case Rate panel

Lawyers who represent legal aid clients on the complex criminal matters that qualify for the Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) Complex Case Rate are required to join LAO’s Complex Case Rate panel.

LAO developed the standards for this panel in consultation with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, in accordance with LAO’s Complex Case Rate policy.

The Complex Case Rate standards, like all of LAO’s standards, set out experience and mandatory annual professional development requirements. Prospective panel members must meet standards for legal knowledge and skill, civility, reputation, ethics and relationship with LAO.

The Complex Case Rate standards also provide qualified criminal lawyers with a higher rate of pay for their work on these complex criminal cases.

Lawyers who seek admittance to the CCR panel must:

LAO will provide written confirmation to lawyers when and if they are admitted to the panel.

Fast Facts on the Complex Case Rate panel*

  • LAO had approved 95 lawyers for the Complex Case Rate panel
  • 81% are from the GTA
  • They have practiced, on average, for 22 years
  • 70% have conducted more than 10 murder trials

*as of July 2012

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