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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, October 28, 2022, 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:…

Masks required of all visitors to Legal Aid Ontario offices

Published April 1, 2022

As of April 4, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will begin to transition back to in-person services. We are currently assessing the safest means of providing our services in our physical workspaces. We request that anyone visiting a legal aid office wear a mask at all times until further notice, including those in courthouses across the…

Legal Aid Online unavailable on March 31 and April 2, 2022

Published March 28, 2022

Please be advised that I.T. will be completing some system maintenance on the following days: Thursday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 2, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. During the maintenance period, Legal Aid Online and the solicitor portal will be unavailable, and you will be unable to log in. Please refrain from using…

Year end purchase order close out process for per diem and staff duty counsel

Published March 9, 2022

Each year, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) closes duty counsel purchase orders and creates new ones for the upcoming year. ‘Old’ purchase orders are closed on April 2, 2022 and new purchase orders will be created to be effective April 4, 2022. Please prepare for this change by reviewing what you need to do. Per Diem Duty Counsel,…

COVID-19: Update on temporary certificate authorizations for immigration matters

Published February 22, 2022

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) implemented temporary certificate authorizations to assist lawyers representing immigration and refugee clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the continuing public health measures that require remote hearings and remote client meetings, the following measures continue to be available: Additional two hours for preparation of Basis of Claim forms This authorization…

New forms available to apply for legal aid on behalf of your clients

Published February 10, 2022

New lawyer assisted application forms are now available in the coverage areas of child protection proceedings, family law proceedings (where the applicant is experiencing domestic violence), and immigration and refugee proceedings. You may find these new forms linked below: Lawyer assisted application form for child protection proceedings Lawyer assisted application form for family law proceedings…


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