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Reminder: Complete your annual self-report by March 31

Published March 14, 2023

This is a reminder that all Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) roster members admitted prior to Aug. 10, 2022 must submit their annual self-report by March 31, 2023. You may find the self-report on Legal Aid Online in the Personal Information section. Roster lawyers who do not file their self-report by the deadline will be automatically redirected to…

LAO expands access to Impact of Race and Culture Assessments

Published March 7, 2023

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is funding pre-sentencing reports known, as Impact of Race and Culture Assessments (IRCA), to help address systemic racism and discrimination faced by Black and other racialized people in the criminal justice system. IRCAs are a valuable tool to help judges consider the impact of racism, poverty and discrimination on individuals facing…

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

Published February 22, 2023

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 1, 2023 and new purchase orders will be created to be effective April 3, 2023. Please prepare for this change by reviewing what you need to do. Per Diem Duty Counsel,…

Expansion of live chat for general public

Published January 19, 2023

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has expanded its live chat feature to all client web pages to allow website visitors to send general inquiries to a live agent from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST. The chat will be available in both English and French. Please note that this service is for answering general…

The deadline for nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award has been extended!

Published January 17, 2023

It’s not too late to nominate someone for the Sidney B. Linden award! The deadline to nominate someone for the Sidney B. Linden award has been extended to February 10, 2023. 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…

Updates to self-report process for 2022 reporting period

Published December 14, 2022

The upcoming annual self-report period for 2022 opens on Jan. 3, 2023. All Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) roster members admitted prior to Aug. 10, 2022 must complete and submit an annual self‑report to: renew or retain membership on the legal aid roster and authorizations for all areas of law in which they work confirm their…

LAO increases interpretation rates for certificate matters

Published December 12, 2022

Legal Aid Ontario is increasing language interpretation rates on certificate matters from $31.40 to $39.25 for the first hour and from $19.20 to $24.00 for subsequent hours, beginning December 12. The new rates will apply to interpretation services that are provided on or after the effective date. The rate increase is in response to concerns…

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

LAO has updated the 2022 lawyer annual self-report to improve the user experience and to assist with the transition of existing roster members to the updated minimum experience requirements. 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…

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