Lawyer’s annual self‑report
All Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) lawyers 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 ongoing compliance with the area of law in which you provide legal services standards
- automatically update their standing on LAO’s rosters
Lawyers can access, fill in and submit their self‑report on Legal Aid Online. The self‑report will be located in the Personal Info section.
Questions and answers
- What is the annual self‑report?
It is a report that LAO requires all lawyers to complete about themselves, in order to maintain their continued standing on LAO’s roster and confirm ongoing compliance with standards.
On it, lawyers confirm that they continue to meet the requirements of the standards, i.e. they have:
- attained the required minimum amount of related experience (or equivalency) for continued standing and
- completed their annual professional development, as required by the standards during the previous calendar year.
- What is the timeframe covered by the annual self‑report?
The report covers January to December of the previous calendar year.
- LASA 2020 was proclaimed in October 2021. How should the 2021 annual self report be completed?
The 2021 lawyer self-report continues to reflect terminology under LASA 1998 act as 10.5 months of the 2021 reporting year fell under this act. Accordingly, please submit your annual self-report for all of your work in 2021, including work completed after LASA 2020 came into force.
- Why should I complete the self‑report?
If you are providing legal aid services completing your self‑report will enable you to continue acknowledging certificates for the area(s) of law in which you provide legal aid services, and enable duty counsel to continue performing duty counsel services on behalf of LAO.
- What if I submit the self‑report late or not at all?
LASA 2020 and its rules require all roster lawyers to complete their self-report by March 31 each year.
Further to the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations, and in accordance with LASA 2020 and its rules, roster lawyers who do not file their self-report by March 31, 2022 will be automatically redirected to the self-report page and will have limited Legal Aid Online functionality. Acknowledging new certificates and submitting accounts to LAO will not be possible until the report is filed.
Roster lawyers who do not file an annual report by Dec. 31, 2022 may be suspended and removed from the roster (Rules 32 (5)(6)).
- Who should complete the annual self‑report?
All lawyers who provide legal aid services on a certificate or as duty counsel should complete this report.
- What happens if my status is conditional?
You are still required to fill out the self‑report. Your director general will review your status.
- What if the area(s) of law in which I provide legal aid services I am on is not on the list shown in the window?
Please contact your district office to make sure your list includes all the areas of law you are authorized to provide legal services in.
- How often do I need to complete the self‑report?
All certificate and duty counsel private bar lawyers need to complete this report annually.
- Do I need to keep records of my participation, attendance and/or viewing of continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing legal education (CLE), related to meeting the experience and CPD requirements of the standards?
Yes. LAO randomly audits lawyers to ensure that the information provided on their annual self‑report accurately reports the experience and CPD requirements for each area of law.
For questions about roster membership or conditional status, contact your district area office. For technical difficulties with the online self‑report, please contact the Lawyer Service Centre at 416‑979‑9934 or 1‑866‑979‑9934.