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LAO introduces Phase 2 of block fee pilot on May 16

Posted on: Friday, April 15, 2011

On May 16, 2011, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be introducing the second phase of its block fee pilot. Block fees are fixed fees or rates that LAO pays lawyers instead of an hourly tariff for the appropriate resolution for some of the most common criminal charges. Last May, after much consultation with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), LAO launched the first phase of the pilot for standard criminal cases. The second phase, also developed with the CLA, expands the number of charges and establishes a comprehensive payment scheme that determines if a matter is paid as a block fee or under the hourly tariff.

For staff and stakeholders to understand the block fee program better, LAO will be posting a series of tutorials over the next several weeks. The first two will be available in audio, video and PDF format on LAO’s internal and external websites starting April 15, 2011. LAO will be notifying all stakeholders and staff as each tutorial becomes available. Please stay tuned for more information.

Block fees is part of the January 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU between LAO, the CLA and the Ministry of Attorney General. Other enhancements that arose from the MOU include the tariff rates increase over five years, the increase to rates paid to experts and the complex case rate.

Block fee tutorials

Legal Aid Ontario offers a variety of resources to help familiarize lawyers with the block fees billing process.

Block fee tutorials

For further information

For questions or further information, please contact:

Jawad A. Kassab
Director, Lawyer Services & Payments
Telephone: (416) 204-4737