Complex Case Rate

Complex Case Rate billing tips

Complex Case Rate (CCR) case eligibility

Which cases are eligible?

As of April 1, 2011, all 1st and 2nd degree murders are considered eligible for CCR funding as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The certificate must have been issued on or after Feb 1, 2010.
  2. The lawyer must be on the CCR panel.
  3. The case must have been accepted into Big Case Management (with a properly submitted opinion form [hearing or trial]).
  4. The case must have an approved budget.

CCR rate schedule

The following is the CCR schedule based on certificate issue date for matters that have met the above-noted criteria.


Effective rate based on issue date of certificate

Feb. 1, 2010 (Year 1)

Apr. 1, 2010 (Year 2)

Apr. 1, 2011 (Year 3)

Apr. 1, 2012 (Year 4)

Apr. 1 , 2013 (Year 5)

Apr. 1, 2014 (Year 6)

Apr. 1, 2015 (Year 7)

Enhanced rate for complex cases

$120.02

$124.82

$129.81

$135.00

$141.75

$148.84

$161.05



Billing

LAO will not retroactively adjust your fee upward to the CCR if you bill according to LAOs normal tariff rate

A CCR panel lawyer will receive the CCR rate only after:

  • his/her admission to the panel; and
  • the case has been entered into the BCM program and has an approved budget.

Examples:

  • Example 1

    1. Case: 1st or 2nd degree murder or a CCR-approved case
    2. Budgeted case, entered the BCM program with an approved budget on April 20, 2011
    3. Counsel billed LAO on April 30, 2011
    4. Counsel approved for CCR panel on May 1, 2011

    Counsel billed LAO before counsel was approved for the CCR panel therefore counsel will not get the CCR rate for any work specified on the April 30, 2011 bill.

  • Example 2

    1. Case: 1st or 2nd degree murder or a CCR-approved case
    2. Budgeted case, entered the BCM program with an approved budget on February 3, 2012
    3. Counsel billed LAO on February 2, 2012
    4. Counsel approved for CCR panel on June 20, 2011

    Counsel billed LAO before the case entered the BCM program with an approved budget therefore counsel will not get the CCR rate for any work specified on the February 2, 2012 bill.

When billing Legal Aid Online, if the system is not generating a CCR rate, please ask yourself the following:

  • Is the case 1st or 2nd degree murder or a CCR-approved case?
  • Is it in the BCM program with an approved budget?
  • Is counsel on the CCR panel?
  • Is the certificate issue date on or after Feb 1, 2010?

If all of the answers to the above questions are YES then DO NOT SUBMIT the account. Contact the Case Management and Litigation (BCM) department (416-979-2352 ext. 6493) to determin why your account is not generating theappropriate rate.

If any of the answers to the above questions are NO then you may choose to submit the account. Counsel will not receive the CCR rate for any work specified on this bill.

You must still bill within the billing deadlines of the certificate.

Questions?

Get more information on CCR panel eligiblity

Get more information on the Big Case Management program