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Archive: Case management and tariff pre-authorization consultations (October/November 2012)

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Case management and tariff pre-authorization


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) plans to reach out to Ontarios criminal and family lawyers for feedback on two proposed initiatives:

  • Case management, which will give LAO an opportunity to provide members of the bar with budgets on some complex, costly family and criminal law matters (over $8,000), where the tariff may be inadequate. The proposed process will be similar to the Big Case Management program familiar to some criminal lawyers. LAO and counsel will discuss the nature of a case likely to be costly, determine a particular course of action and develop a budget.

  • Tariff pre-authorization pilot. LAO proposes to increase the number of pre-authorized tariff hours in priority areas such as Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) status reviews and criminal summary conviction trials. The pilot will be evaluated within a year to determine its impact on client access to justice, cost to LAO, and lawyers.


Participate in person or by video conference


LAO is holding in-person and video conference consultation sessions on these two initiatives. Please register online to participate and provide your feedback in person or in the space provided.


Share your views online


Please view the case management and tariff pre-authorization presentation and provide your feedback in the space provided.


Questions and answers


Go to the Q&A section for answers to common questions about LAOs case management and tariff pre-authorization process. Please submit your question electronically if you dont see an answer youre seeking. We will add to this section as the consultations proceed.