New change to block fee resolution rule
Wednesday, October 22, 2013
New changes to LAO’s block fee billing rules allow lawyers to bill a block fee if an articling student attends at a Crown withdrawal or stay of all criminal charges. This change applies where the lawyer has negotiated a withdrawal or stay, and where the Crown has agreed in writing beforehand to withdraw or stay the charges.
Previously, under the block fee rules, only panel lawyers, and not articling students, could be paid for block fees. As a result, a lawyer was required to attend in person to obtain a block resolution fee.
This new rule applies to articling students only and is limited to withdrawals and stays and does not apply to guilty pleas or sentencing hearings.
For questions or further information, please contact:
Director, Lawyer Services and Payments