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Legal Aid Online unavailable December 9-10, 2022 

Published November 28, 2022

Due to routine maintenance and security system upgrades, Legal Aid Online will be unavailable from 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 9, 2022, to 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 10, 2022.  Please refrain from using the site during this period.  For any questions or technical difficulties, please contact the Lawyer Service Centre.

New minimum experience requirements to be reflected in 2022 self-report

Published November 15, 2022

Highlights The 2022 self-report period will be from January 3 to March 31, 2023. You will be notified when the period begins. The self-reporting process remains largely the same; however, several questions in the self-report survey will differ. The updated self-report is to be introduced as a response to new minimum experience requirements, although we…

Financial testing resumes for family law services

Published October 24, 2022

On Oct. 24, 2022, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will return to its pre-pandemic eligibility requirements for family law services. This change affects everyone seeking the services of our family law duty counsel and summary legal advice, regardless of whether this help is provided in person or by phone. The same financial test, based on income…

COVID-19: Several temporary emergency COVID measures set to end on November 18

Published October 18, 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LAO implemented temporary emergency changes to its service delivery model to assist vulnerable clients impacted by the pandemic. As access to in-person services resumes, LAO will be winding down many of its temporary emergency measures. Starting on Nov. 18, LAO will no longer: Waive its financial eligibility requirements for…

Call for 2022 nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award

Published September 13, 2022

It’s time to send in your nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award! The deadline for submission is Friday, January 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. The award is named after Justice Sidney B. Linden, the first chair of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), who has been involved with legal aid for over 37 years. LAO created the Sidney…

New minimum experience requirements for roster member authorizations, effective August 10, 2022

Published August 10, 2022

In accordance with the Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 (LASA 2020), Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is implementing minimum experience requirements that roster (formerly panel) members must meet in order to provide legal aid certificate services and duty counsel services in specific areas of law. These new minimum experience requirements replace the existing standards for roster members…

Legal Aid Online unavailable August 11-14, 2022

Published August 8, 2022

Due to routine maintenance and system upgrades, Legal Aid Online will be unavailable from 6 pm ET on August 11, 2022 to 11:55 pm ET on August 14, 2022. Please refrain from using the site during this period. For any questions or technical difficulties, please contact the Lawyer Service Centre.

New live chat feature for general public

Published June 23, 2022

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a live chat feature to allow website visitors to send general inquiries to a live agent from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The chat will be available in both English and French. During the pilot phase of this project, users will have the option to…

Updated transcription rates for roster members

Published April 11, 2022

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has amended the rates for billing transcription disbursements and now requires roster members to follow specific guidelines when ordering transcripts, following the introduction of updated rates for court transcription services pursuant to O. Reg 145/22 under the Administration of Justice Act. The rates applicable for transcription orders placed as of April 1, 2022 are:…

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