Information for lawyers

Panel standards

Information for Lawyers

Annual self-report

All certificate lawyers must complete the annual panel self-report to maintain their standing on LAO’s panels.

Lawyers who represent legal aid clients must belong to the panel(s) for the type(s) of law they practice. The standards for each panel provide the minimum experience and professional development requirements that lawyers must meet. Panel standards help ensure that legal aid clients receive high-quality services.

Ongoing annual professional development is necessary to maintain panel membership.

Legal Aid Ontario’s panel standards were developed in consultation with:

  • members of the refugee, criminal and family bars
  • duty counsel
  • lawyers practising before the Consent and Capacity Board
  • judges
  • lawyers' associations
  • Law Society of Upper Canada


The panels:


Find more information and application forms (link to application forms below) for each of the panels:



New lawyers


Lawyers new to an area of practice may be admitted conditionally to a panel provided they agree to acquire the necessary experience within a specified time frame, and take approved continuing legal education or be mentored as required by their district area director. (This conditional admission does not apply to the Extremely Serious Criminal Matters panel or the Complex Case Rate (CCR) panel.)


Request for panel membership


To apply for panel membership, you must complete the lawyer empanelment forms (below), and submit it to your district area director (or supervisory duty counsel for duty counsel panels) for approval. Read the General Terms and Conditions before you apply.


Forms


Empanelment application forms

Lawyer Empanelment form

Direct deposit authorization for business accounts

Change in direct deposit authorization for business accounts

Application form for tier level increase

Lawyer change of information form

Request for change to panel membership


Criminal panel forms

Criminal panel application

Criminal panel lawyer agreement to acquire experience

Criminal Gladue panel application

Extremely Serious Criminal Matters (ESM) panel application

ESM Panel application: References

Complex Case Rate (CCR) panel application

Complex Case Rate (CCR) case eligibility application


Family/CFSA panel forms

Family panel application

Family panel lawyer agreement to acquire experience

Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) sub-panel application


Refugee application forms

Refugee panel application


Consent & Capacity Board application forms

Consent and Capacity Board panel application

Specialty panel letter


Duty Consel panel forms

Duty Counsel Panel Application: Criminal Duty Counsel

Duty Counsel Panel Application: Family Duty Counsel and FLIC Advice Lawyer

Duty Counsel Panel Application: Advice Lawyer - General

Duty Counsel Panel Application: Advice Lawyer - Domestic Violence

Duty Counsel Panel Application: Advice Lawyer - Mental Health, Refugee and Immigration, Correctional Institutions


Releases

Release of information for Law Society of Upper Canada and/or other law society

Release of information form for Lawyer's Profssional Indemnity Company


Questions

For more information on panel standards, please contact your local district area director. The panel standards were developed by Legal Aid Ontario's Quality Service Office.

Contact us Lawyer Services and Payments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 416-979-2352 (Susan Howling at ext. 6538 or Julia Marinucci at ext 6252 or by fax at 647-260-0548) if you have questions about:

  • Fully completed applications that have been approved by district offices
  • Tier level increases
  • Maintaining vendor records (address changes, updating banking information, etc.)
  • HST refunds
  • Government/legal garnishment
  • Solicitor electronic fund transfer (bank EFT) rejects