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Complete your annual lawyer self-report by March 31, 2022

Published January 31, 2022

The annual self-report for roster lawyers is now available in the Personal Info section of Legal Aid Online. Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 On Oct. 18, 2021, the Legal Aid Services Act 2020 (LASA 2020) came into force. It replaces the Legal Aid Services Act 1998 (LASA 1998). LASA 2020 has made a number of changes that affect…

COVID-19: Temporary waiver of financial eligibility requirements set to end for non-Indigenous applicants with domestic violence or child protection matters

Published January 27, 2022

Starting Jan. 31, 2022, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be resuming pre-pandemic financial certificate eligibility criteria for non-Indigenous people experiencing domestic violence and non-Indigenous families with child protection matters. The waiver of financial eligibility requirements will continue for Indigenous people experiencing domestic violence or facing a child protection issue, who will still be automatically eligible for…

Reminder: Apply for legal aid on behalf of your clients

Published January 14, 2022

Due to the COVID conditions impacting clients, lawyers will continue to be able to apply for legal aid on behalf of clients charged with a criminal offense. For in-custody applications, LAO has temporarily expanded the application to include charges which may be eligible for big case management. LAO is doing this to help reduce court…

Advancing Systemic Racism Arguments in Immigration Enforcement Proceedings

Published January 12, 2022

Legal Aid Ontario’s Refugee Law Office (RLO) is hosting a free webinar to assist immigration lawyers and other practitioners working with racialized clients in immigration enforcement proceedings. Panelists include Nana Yanful (Legal Director of Black Legal Action Centre), Andrew Brouwer (Senior Counsel at the Refugee Law Office), and Prasanna Balasundaram (Director of Downtown Legal Services)….

Legal Aid Online unavailable on Dec. 4, 2021 for routine maintenance

Published December 3, 2021

Legal Aid Online will be unavailable from 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 4 while we archive and remove completed certificates.  This is routine maintenance called a purchase order close. It applies to concluded appeals and all cancelled, final billed or terminated certificates completed prior to June 1, 2015.  Certificates that will not be closed include:  BCU cases  PCU cases  Appeals pending  Cases with accounts in exception  Select GATC cases, which will first be referred to Lawyer Services and Payments for review  No action is required on your part.  Please note that accounts older than June 1, 2015 will no longer be visible on Legal Aid Online. To inquire about previously closed certificates, contact the Lawyer Service Centre. 

Updated: LASA 2020: Charter Block has been discontinued (payment for Charter Motion where charges resolved prior to scheduling trial)

Published December 3, 2021

Schedule 2 of the Legal Aid Services Rules regarding fees and disbursements no longer provides coverage for Charter applications on block fee matters. The two-hour tariff enhancer for preparing and filing Charter applications remains available: When the authorized criminal proceeding on the certificate has been set down for trial. On block fee exempt certificates (Youth…

Clarification to the Charges Heard Separately policy

Published December 3, 2021

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified its Charges Heard Separately policy. These clarifications affect the way lawyers submit requests for additional certificates on an existing certificate, through the online portal. Under both LASA 1998 and LASA 2020, the expectation has always been that multiple criminal charges should be scheduled for joint resolution, where the lawyer…

Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court certificates

Published October 29, 2021

The Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court (JICMC) is an important initiative, established by partners in the justice system, to eliminate the extensive case backlog as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The JICMC certificates are for the accused who are ineligible, either financially or legally, for Legal Aid’s existing certificate program. These are not Legal Aid clients.   The JICMC initiative supports the unrepresented accused facing criminal charges, who would otherwise have no lawyer and no source of case-specific legal information and advice….

LASA 2020 has been proclaimed

Published October 18, 2021

The Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 (LASA 2020) has now been proclaimed. The new act allows Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) the opportunity to innovate and modernize both legal aid services and how those services are delivered. Under LASA 2020, LAO has established rules and policies to manage and administer legal aid. This rule-based framework enables LAO…

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…

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