Information for lawyers
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Accounts & billing
Use this form to request consideration for the expedited payment of an account.
Submit criminal accounts for payment.
Submit civil accounts for payment.
Use this account form to bill for legal aid services provided in remote northern areas (as specified by regulation). For printing only - does not perform calculations
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Please note: Legal Aid Online is unable to accept forms containing macros. This includes Forms 50 and 51, which contain an “automatic adding” macro. If you are having trouble attaching forms to your account, try saving the form as a Rich Text File (RTF). To do this, select “Save as,” and select RTF under the “Save as Type” drop down, which appears under the “File Name.” Ignore the warning message that appears regarding saving macros; the information in your form will not be lost.
You can also “print” the document to a PDF. To check if you have this ability, select “Print,” and look for “Adobe PDF” in your list of printers. Select Adobe PDF, and then save the new PDF file to your desktop or folder. If you do not have a PDF writer, there are several options available, some free and some that you must pay for. For example: PDF Creator (free) and Adobe Acrobat (paid). Legal Aid Ontario does not support or endorse these products.
Solicitors who have an active portal ID can submit an electronic request to add additional charges, make changes to an existing certificate or request a new certificate due to charges proceeding separately. Those who do not have a portal ID may complete the manual request form, print and fax it to the number shown on the bottom of the form.
To add additional charges, make changes or request a new certificate due to charges proceeding separately, on open and active certificates.
This authorization may be granted when the certificate is issued if there is an identifiable history of mental health issues. If the authorization is not granted when the certificate is issued, it may be requested.
You must be a member of the Gladue panel to receive this authorization.
Case management and litigation forms
For counsel conducting a CFSA case where certificate total cost (fee & disbursements) is likely to exceed $8,000.
Big Case Management (BCM)
Application form can be used for any type of hearing, i.e. a preliminary hearing, sentencing hearing, dangerous offender hearing, etc.
Application form for cases that have gone to trial.
Complex Case Rate (CCR)
The Complex Case Rate (CCR) panel offers eligible lawyers enhanced funding on particular types of cases.
Membership on the Complex Case Rate panel is a prerequisite for a case to be considered eligible.
For experts in all fields interested in being on LAO's Vendor of Record list.
Complete this form to apply for an enhanced expert rate
This survey must be completed at the conclusion of the expert's services
Experts wishing to be included on the Vendor list must get references from LAO panel members
Major criminal appeal application
Pursuant to Section 28 of the Legal Aid Services Act only the Area Committee can authorize an appeal certificate.
Change of information
For changes in personal information, panel membership, and direct deposit information. Only fill in the information that you are changing, and leave the other sections blank.
Form for client to sign before being assisted by duty counsel
Costs and settlements
Agreement for paying to LAO and monies the assignor might receive in relation to the costs award
Requests for the following types of disbursements (authorized, additional funds) can be submitted through Legal Aid Online using electronic document submission or LAOiFax process.
In some cases, where exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated, a discretionary increase in payment of an account may be granted where an account has exceeded the tariff maximum for the certificate. If your account exceeds the tariff maximum, and you want to apply for discretion, attach the appropriate form when submitting the account:
Click here for a sample of a completed form
Click here for a sample of a completed form
Use the general form for all other case types
If you are dissatisfied with the settlement of your account, use this form to request a review. Requests for review should be made within 60 days of payment of the account.
For more information on the use of these forms please refer to our Discretion Guidelines.
Group Application and Test Case Committee
To make an application for a test of public interest case (“Test Case”) please fill out all of the applicable fields and submit it, as well as any other relevant documentation, to the Group Application and Test Case Committee
Independant legal advice
You must be on Legal Aid Ontario’s family duty counsel panel to accept this authorization.
Lawyer's annual self-report
Legal aid panel
Application forms to join the various LAO panels. For more information, see panel standards.
Consent & Capacity Board
Criminal panel forms
Duty counsel panel
Family/CFSA panel forms
Prep for subsequent IRB-RPD attendance & written submissions
Upon receipt from the client of this form, LAO will release the client’s file to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
If the client is not available to sign a consent to release the file to a lawyer, then the lawyer can request that LAO release the file to the client’s counsel.
Second chair program
For senior lawyers seeking a junior lawyer to act as second chair
For junior lawyers seeking a mentor