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LAO board approves new refugee and immigration panel standards

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Members of the private bar who work on legal aid funded refugee and immigration matters will be required to renew membership on the refugee and immigration panel demonstrating they meet the new refugee and immigration panel standards recently approved by LAO’s board. They will need to meet a new general standard for RPD and other tribunal matters, and appellate standard for practice before the courts.

These standards are based on feedback LAO received during public consultations in the fall and winter of 2013/14, input from representatives of the Refugee Lawyers Association (RLA) in spring 2014 and additional informal input through to fall 2014.

Since December 2014, LAO has been consulting with the RLA and other stakeholders to develop a renewal process that ensures fairness and transparency.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.


Jawad A. Kassab - LLB, MDiv, MBA
Executive Lead, Refugee Services Transformation
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone (416) 979-1446 x4705
Fax (416) 979-2948