Data for Hungarian refugee claims between 2006 and 2014

Posted: July 7, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) was recently asked a series of questions about lawyers who have been suspended or removed from LAOs refugee panel representing refugee clients. Given the ongoing public interest in this issue, LAO is posting the questions and providing the requested data below.

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is committed to providing high-quality legal services for low-income people. Though the Law Society of Upper Canada remains responsible for overseeing lawyer competence in Ontario, LAO recognizes the need for improved standards and greater oversight regarding the quality of client service provided by its lawyer panel.

Therefore, LAO is strengthening the quality standards that allow lawyers to remain on its panels and enhancing panel management. LAO is beginning with lawyers on the panel who practice refugee and immigration law in 2015. All refugee and immigration lawyers must now meet the new requirements in order to continue to serve LAO clients. The new standards are designed to ensure high-quality legal representation and to clearly spell out the appropriate levels of expertise required for different kinds of cases (first instance, appellate).

Learn more about the new panel standards.

Fiscal year Total number of legal aid certificates acknowledged by lawyers subsequently suspended or removed from LAOs referral list in 2014 for Hungarian refugee claims between 2006 and 2014
2006/07 N/A
2007/08 N/A
2008/09 N/A
2009/10 495
2010/11 595
2011/12 274
2012/13 21
2013/14 1
2014/15 N/A
Fiscal year Total dollar amount in legal aid certificates by lawyers suspended or removed from LAOs referral list in 2014, for Hungarian refugee claims between 2006 and 2014 ($)
2006/07 N/A
2007/08 N/A
2008/09 N/A
2009/10 $186,689.77
2010/11 $384,561.00
2011/12 $550,562.94
2012/13 $139,784.80
2013/14 $8,675.44
2014/15 $101.01
Fiscal year Total dollar amount of legal aid certificates acknowledged between 2006 and 2014 for Hungarian refugee claims ($)
2006/07 $ 4,148.37
2007/08 $ 3,896.67
2008/09 $ 45,273.78
2009/10 $ 429,286.92
2010/11 $ 777,144.00
2011/12 $ 1,373,852.83
2012/13 $ 1,233,295.47
2013/14 $ 695,169.51
2014/15 $ 573,978.06
Fiscal year Total number of requests Hungarian refugee claimants made to LAO between 2006 and 2014 to change counsel after having been represented by lawyers who were subsequently suspended or removed from LAOs referral list in 2014
2006/07 N/A
2007/08 N/A
2008/09 N/A
2009/10 100
2010/11 47
2011/12 32
2012/13 N/A
2013/14 N/A
2014/15 N/A
Fiscal year Total number of requests Hungarian refugee claimants made to LAO to change counsel, between 2006 and 2014
2006/07 N/A
2007/08 3
2008/09 12
2009/10 141
2010/11 74
2011/12 100
2012/13 21
2013/14 2
2014/15 4
Fiscal year Country information not available (%)
2006/07 22.5%
2007/08 23.5%
2008/09 21.8%
2009/10 10.1%
2010/11 5.1%
2011/12 3.4%
2012/13 0.1%
2013/14 0%
2014/15 0%

Questions

Genevieve Oger
Bilingual Senior Communications Media Relations Officer
Phone: (416) 979-2352, ext.5208
Cell: (416) 768-4461
Email: ogerg@lao.on.ca or media@lao.on.ca