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Legal aid panel memberships

To represent legal aid clients, lawyers must apply to join one (or more) of Legal Aid Ontarios panels:

  • criminal, which includes the Extremely Serious Matters panel
  • family law, which includes the Child and Family Services Act sub-panel
  • refugees and immigration law and
  • Consent & Capacity Board

To join a legal aid panel

Step 1

Please submit to your local district office the following documents either in person, by fax or by email:

  • a completed application form for the areas of law in which you wish to practice (you can find the application forms on our website at www.legalaid.on.ca/en/info/panel_standards.asp)
  • a void cheque for your business (your name or your firms name must be printed on the cheque)
  • a completed direct deposit authorization form from your bank
  • your HST number
  • a release for information from your professional indemnity company
  • a release for information from the Law Society of Upper Canada, and
  • if relevant, an update of your Law Society of Upper Canada status to confirm that you are licensed to practice and a member in good standing

Step 2

Meet with the director general in your area to discuss your expectations for doing Legal Aid Ontario work.

You will then get a letter from the director general that confirms:

  • you have been empanelled with Legal Aid Ontario
  • the panels you have been approved for
  • the conditions, if any, that apply to your empanelment

Step 3

You will receive, in the mail, a Legal Aid Ontario welcome package that includes:

  • your Legal Aid Ontario solicitor number/vendor number
  • the level at which you can bill
  • your user ID, password and other information about the online billing portal, Legal Aid Online
  • technical tips for online billings
  • contact information for billing questions/concerns
  • information about conditions on your empanelment tailored to your situation, such as the requirement to attend training sessions, work with a mentor, etc.

For more information

If you have questions about the following:

  • fully completed applications that have been approved by district offices
  • billing level increases
  • maintaining vendor records (address changes, updating banking information, etc.
  • HST refunds
  • government/legal garnishment
  • bank EFT rejects

please contact our finance department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

  • Phone: 416-979-2352
    • Susan Howling (ext. 6487)
    • Julia Marinucci (ext. 6252)
  • Fax: 647-260-0548
  • Email: finsolemp@lao.on.ca


Please contact your local district area director. You can find this information on our website, legalaid.on.ca.

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