Responses to recent media enquiries
Response to the Chronicle Journal
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
LAO recently responded to comments made regarding legal aid in an article from the July 12th edition of the Chronicle Journal.
I am writing to provide further information about comments that were included in your July 12 article, “Lawyer dodges contempt charge,” which mentions legal aid.
Legal Aid Ontario recognizes the valuable role private lawyers fill in the delivery of legal aid services in Ontario. Every year, Legal Aid Ontario issues more than 100,000 certificates to clients with serious legal issues, which they can use to retain the services of a lawyer.
Our organization maintains a healthy roster of more than 4700 private lawyers province-wide who provide services to our clients. This includes over 50 lawyers on the criminal law panel in the Northwest District (Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Nishnawbe).
In Thunder Bay, more than 95 per cent of certificates issued are acknowledged by private lawyers in the area who do legal aid work. This is on par with other areas of the province.
I wish to assure your readers that there are a number of private lawyers in the area willing to provide quality service to legal aid clients.
Acting Manager, Communications
Legal Aid Ontario