Responses to recent media enquiries
Response to National Post
Friday, June 15, 2012
LAO recently responded to a reference made about legal aid in the National Post’s June 9 article, Courting disaster? The long, long wait for justice in Ontario.
Letter to the editor:
I am writing in regard to your June 9, 2012 article about the court process in Ontario.
Just so that your readers are aware, Legal Aid Ontario is responsible for very few adjournments. In fact, in 2011, only 2.4 per cent of adjournments were attributed to Legal Aid Ontario, and in 2012, that number dropped to 2.2 per cent.
Your readers should also be aware that the same-day decision rate for legal aid applications has increased nearly 30 per cent in the past four years – from 53 per cent in 2008/09 to 81 per cent in 2011/12.
Acting Manager, Communications
Legal Aid Ontario