LAO releases clinic reform future directions paper
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today released a paper setting out the future direction for the modernization of clinic law service delivery within Ontario’s legal aid system.
“Addressing the changing needs of clients will drive the next generation of clinic law service development. There have been very significant demographic, community and technological changes in our province over the last number of decades since clinic law was first established that present very exciting opportunities to ensure that the delivery of clinic law services can be strengthened to serve generations to come.”
LAO Chair, John McCamus.
The paper, Clinic Law Services Strategic Direction, outlines the key objectives and principles that will underpin how the future of clinic law will be further developed to ensure the best possible client service in the most cost-effective ways.
The paper outlines four overriding objectives:
- expand access to justice and provide fair and equal access to clinic law services across the province
- provide a continuum of client-focussed, high-quality, cost-effective services, and promote innovation
- meet the highest standards of public administration in Ontario, including the highest standards of transparency and accountability
- provide more or better services in a more cost-effective way
The clinic law area of LAO’s programming represents a $70 million dollar annual investment by Ontarians and constitutes 20 per cent of LAO’s annual expenditures.
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