LAO Express

Vol. 1 - December 2010

Legal aid news for lawyers

Here’s a quick roundup of recent important announcements for lawyers who do legal aid work, in case you missed them the first time.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season, from everyone at Legal Aid Ontario.

Changes to block fees billing now in effect

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) recently announced two key changes to the block fees pilot. Interim billing is now available on block fee accounts, and transitional certificates, those affected by the rate changes in September, are now honoured at the original block fee rate.

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Gladue panel standards

Lawyers who accept legal aid certificates to represent Aboriginal clients in criminal matters now need to apply for panel membership on LAO’s newly introduced Gladue panel.

As of March 1, 2011, only lawyers who meet the Gladue standards, have applied for panel membership through a district area office, and have been admitted to the Gladue panel can acknowledge criminal certificates for Aboriginal clients.

The standards are the next in a series of panel standards LAO is implementing as part of its commitment to ensure that all clients receive high quality legal aid services.

Dockets soon to be mandatory

Beginning January 1, 2011, lawyers will be required to attach dockets to all non-block fee accounts submitted through Legal Aid Online. See the Better Billing Bulletin Vol.35 for information on how to attach dockets and more.

View your panel status online

Lawyers’ panel information is now available on Legal Aid Online. Find out more.

Know someone with a longstanding commitment to justice in Ontario?

Named after the first chair of LAO, the Sidney B. Linden Award is given to the individual who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to access to justice. If you know of someone who would make Ontarians proud, nominate them by Friday April 20.

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