Forms library

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Accounts & billing

  • Guaranteed Daily Rate for northern lawyers
    Use this account form to bill for legal aid services provided in remote northern areas (as specified by regulation). For printing only – does not perform calculations.

Application

Block fees

Solicitors who have an active portal ID can submit an electronic request to add additional charges, make changes to an existing certificate or request a new certificate due to charges proceeding separately. Those who do not have a portal ID may complete the manual request form, print and fax it to the number shown on the bottom of the form.

  • Request for a mental health authorization
    This authorization may be granted when the certificate is issued if there is an identifiable history of mental health issues. If the authorization is not granted when the certificate is issued, it may be requested.

Case management and litigation forms

Assessment

Big Case Management (BCM)

  • BCM Hearings Opinion Guideline
    Application form can be used for any type of hearing, i.e. a preliminary hearing, sentencing hearing, dangerous offender hearing, etc.

Complex Case Rate (CCR)

Expert forms

Major criminal appeal application

Change of information

  • Lawyer change of information form
    For changes in personal information, panel membership, and direct deposit information. Only fill in the information that you are changing, and leave the other sections blank.

Costs and settlements

Disbursement authorizations

Requests for the following types of disbursements (authorized, additional funds) can be submitted through Legal Aid Online using electronic document submission or LAOiFax process.

Discretion

In some cases, where exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated, a discretionary increase in payment of an account may be granted where an account has exceeded the tariff maximum for the certificate. If your account exceeds the tariff maximum, and you want to apply for discretion, attach the appropriate form when submitting the account:

  • Request for review
    If you are dissatisfied with the settlement of your account, use this form to request a review. Requests for review should be made within 60 days of payment of the account.

For more information on the use of these forms please refer to our Discretion Guidelines.

Group Application and Test Case Committee

  • Application for test case funding
    To make an application for a test of public interest case (“Test Case”) please fill out all of the applicable fields and submit it, as well as any other relevant documentation, to the Group Application and Test Case Committee

Legal aid panel

  • Application forms to join the various LAO panels. For more information, see panel standards.

Application forms

Consent & Capacity Board

Criminal panel forms

Duty counsel panel

Family/CYFSA panel forms

Mentor/mentee

Refugee and immigration panel

Releases

Plea comprehension – Duty counsel

Refugee

Rowbotham

Second Chair program

Opening PDF forms on your computer

Forms on our website are provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF and Word formats. You can download free viewers for these file types:

PC users

  1. right click on the link
  2. select ‘save as…’ or its equivalent
  3. save a copy of the file to your computer
  4. open the file from your computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Mac users

  1. press the Control (ctrl) key and click on the link
  2. when the option menu appears, choose “Download link to disk” or “Download linked file”
  3. save a copy of the file to your computer
  4. open the file from your computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Mobile devices

Mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Blackberry and Android devices may have problems opening certain PDF files. If your mobile device displays a ‘Please wait…” error message, try opening the PDF on a computer instead.

“Please wait…” error messages

This error most commonly occurs when using the Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser to open a specific type of PDF form. To resolve this issue, make sure that Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed and follow the steps mentioned above.

If you’ve followed these steps and are still experiencing difficulties, please contact the Lawyer Service Centre.