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Legal aid service resolving local court cases faster

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Low-income London area residents can resolve their criminal law matters faster thanks to LAOs resolution duty counsel lawyer service. Through the service, senior legal aid lawyers based at the London courthouse can meet face-to-face with Crown Attorneys and settle appropriate cases outside the courtroom.

Resolution duty counsel lawyers meet with eligible accused persons and then approach the Crown to discuss the case before they appear in court. Often outstanding issues can be resolved in a quick conversation. The service is based in the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas St.

Earlier resolution of cases allows clients to move forward with their matter and avoid returning to court multiple times. It also saves court resources and taxpayer dollars.

Duty counsel are private bar or Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers who can give immediate, legal assistance to low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer.

Duty counsel services are available in most courthouses in Ontario, including more than 28 remote and fly-in locations. Duty counsel assist over a million people a year.


Questions?


For more information, please contact:

Emily Baillie
Communications Advisor
Legal Aid Ontario
Phone: 416-979-2352 ext.6013
Email: baillie@lao.on.ca or media@lao.on.ca