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Coming soon: criminal youth and criminal mental health training

Published November 24, 2023

Starting January 2024, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be introducing optional enhanced training for members of LAO’s roster geared to those who provide criminal legal aid services. This training will provide roster members the opportunity to further strengthen their knowledge and quality of service when providing criminal legal aid services to youth clients charged under…

Guaranteed Daily Rates increase by five percent Oct. 16

Published November 7, 2023

Legal Aid Ontario has raised the amount paid to lawyers who provide legal aid services in remote northern areas. On Oct. 16, the Guaranteed Daily Rate increased by five percent for: Services rendered in fly in locations or locations at least 200 km from a lawyer’s regular place of business, and the place where the…

New expedited habeas corpus certificate application process for bail hearings

Published October 23, 2023

To support efficiency in bail courts, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) now has an expedited process for habeas corpus application certificates. While LAO already covers habeas corpus applications, this new expedited process for bail hearings allows for a simplified application process and timelier response. Criteria for application The new application is to be submitted in cases…

Amendments to the Legal Aid Services Rules (Schedule 2 – Fees and Disbursements) to come into force on October 16, 2023

Published September 27, 2023

LAO is working to attract and retain lawyers to provide high-quality services to legally aided clients. This is why, effective October 16, 2023, LAO is improving the compensation structure for private bar lawyers who are paid to do legal aid work. The compensation structure for legal aid lawyers in Ontario has remained largely unchanged over the…

Requirements for Basis of Claim upload and Refugee Protection Division hearing authorization requests

Published September 11, 2023

Basis of Claim (BOC) upload and Refugee Protection Division (RPD) hearing authorization requests: requirements Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is writing to notify roster members providing refugee law services of a process change that is coming into effect immediately. Further details on the process change, including instructions on how to ensure Basis of Claim (BOC) forms…

Amendments to Legal Aid Services Rules: minimum experience requirements

Published July 12, 2023

LAO to consult on minimum experience requirements for Ontario Review Board roster Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is consulting on introducing minimum experience requirements (MERs) in the Legal Aid Services Rules for the existing Ontario Review Board roster. At the same time, LAO proposes revoking the unimplemented MERs for youth criminal and criminal mental health sub-authorization….

Consultation for implementation date change for new sets of minimum experience requirements

Published April 17, 2023

LAO to consult on implementation date change for youth criminal and criminal mental health requirements Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is consulting on a new implementation date of Jan. 1, 2024, for two new areas of law—youth criminal and criminal mental health matters. Under the Legal Aid Services Rules, the effective date was originally June 1,…

Immigration Detention Representation Program now a permanent service

Published April 3, 2023

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is making its Immigration Detention Representation Program (IDRP) a permanent service, following a successful pilot which has significantly increased the number of people in immigration detention who have been able to get legal help. High demand for IDRP services LAO created the Immigration Detention Representation Program in 2021, made up of…

Legal Aid Ontario is moving!

Published March 31, 2023

Starting April 2023, Legal Aid Ontario’s Provincial Office, Toronto Family Law Services Office, Criminal Senior Counsel Services Office, and Refugee Law Office will be located on the seventh floor of the Atrium on Bay. Legal Aid Ontario Atrium on Bay 20 Dundas St. West, Suite  730 Toronto, ON M5G 2H1 Legal Aid Ontario Provincial Office…

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