LAO to cover cases adjourned to Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court

Published: October 12, 2021

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is covering the cost of a lawyer for those whose matters are more than twelve months old and have had their cases adjourned to Judge‑Led Intensive Case Management Court (JICMC).

The JICMC was set up to address the large backlog of cases resulting from the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Accused people whose matters are more than twelve months old and are without counsel in the JICMC are asked to find a lawyer who is on LAO’s roster and who accepts legal aid cases in their area. Clients do not need to contact LAO directly; their lawyer will initiate and complete the application on their behalf. No financial testing will be applied for this new certificate.

This new certificate is for a lawyer to help a client to either resolve their matter or set the matter for trial.

How to get a JICMC certificate

  1. You do not need to contact LAO to obtain this certificate

  2. Choose a lawyer to represent you in the JICMC by visiting find a lawyer

  3. Your lawyer will complete the necessary form and send it to LAO to obtain your certificate.

  4. If you do not have access to a computer, your local duty counsel office may be able to provide you with a list of LAO lawyers in your area.


For more information, please visit Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Courts.