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LAO’s new discretion guidelines, case management and tariff pre-authorizations come into effect Nov. 26, 2012

Posted on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Three new Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) initiatives will come into effect later this month:

  • LAO’s discretion guidelines will be effective on accounts submitted on or after Nov. 26.
  • LAO’s case management program for some costly family and criminal law proceedings will be effective on eligible certificates issued on or after November 26.
  • Tariff pre-authorizations will be effective on certificates issued on or after November 26 for summary conviction trials and child protection status reviews (society to Crown wardship).

These initiatives reflect the feedback LAO received from the bar during province-wide consultations. LAO released its new guidelines to clarify the discretion request process on Aug. 16, 2012, after holding 29 consultation sessions on discretion. More recently, LAO held eight consultations (four each for family lawyers and criminal lawyers) and two focus groups to hear the bar’s feedback on its criminal mid-level case management, family case management and tariff pre-authorization initiatives between Oct. 22 and Nov. 9.

LAO is providing training on these initiatives for panel lawyers.

LAO held initial training sessions on the discretion guidelines for panel lawyers and their staff between Nov. 6 and 15, and will host future training sessions on discretion, as well as sessions on case management and pre-authorization from Nov. 21 to Jan. 31.


For questions about the discretion guidelines, please contact:

For questions about criminal mid-level case management, family case management and tariff pre-authorizations, please contact the district area director in the district where the certificate was issued.

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