Block fee tutorials

Legal Aid Ontario offers a variety of resources to help familiarize lawyers with the criminal block fees billing process.

The numbers behind the block

A look at the financial details of the block fee program, this presentation explains the financial rationale of block fees, including how discretion and certificate costs were factored in.

Introduction to criminal block fees

This video is also available in Introduction to criminal block fees PDF.

Cases covered under block fees

This covers which cases are covered and which are not covered by the block fee program. It also goes over the various fees that can apply to block fee cases.

This video is also available in Cases covered under block fees PDF.

Compendium of rules

This focuses on the most significant rules related to block fee certificates, billing, and payments, including:

The third video tutorial focuses on the most significant rules related to block fee certificates, billing, and payments. The video covers topics including:

  • who can bill block fees
  • what happens if a matter is set for trial
  • multiple block fee charges on the same certificate
  • what's included in the block fee
  • the difference between standard and authorized blocks
  • multiple block fee certificates for the same client (heard separately and together); and,
  • billing both excluded and block fee charges for the same client.

The video is also available in Compendium of rules< PDF.

Compendium of rules: II

This provides more detail on the rules and the types of block fees, including further information on:

  • The case categories and charges for what is covered and what is not covered,
  • Rules related to block fee certificates such as when dockets need to be attached and how not resolved matters are billed,
  • the types of billing and payment rules that apply to block fees.

Billing and payment rules, amendments and authorizations

The final module provides rules and includes situation-based scenarios of how block fees are paid and additional information on certificate amendment and authorization requests.

Billing and payment rules, amendments and authorizations (full tutorial)

  1. Certificates with multiple charges
  2. Multiple charges on a single and multiple certificates (heard together)
  3. Multiple charges on a single and multiple certificates (heard separately)
  4. Certificates with excluded charges
  5. Certificates with excluded charges and certificate with a block fee charge (heard separately)
    1. Excluded charges and block fee charges on different certificates (heard together)