Minimum Experience Requirements for Duty counsel – Advice lawyer
The following are Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) mandatory requirements for authorization to provide services in the following areas of law:
Advice lawyer–domestic violence
To provide advice lawyer-domestic violence services a lawyer shall:
- be authorized to provide family legal aid services
- attend or view domestic violence training courses provided by or approved by LAO, as required by the director general.
Advice lawyer–correctional institutions
To be authorized to provide advice lawyer‑correctional institutions services a lawyer shall:
- be authorized to provide criminal legal aid services.
Advice lawyer–refugee and immigration
To be authorized to provide advice lawyer-refugee and immigration services a lawyer shall:
- be authorized to provide refugee and immigration services.
Advice lawyer–mental health
To be authorized to provide advice lawyer‑mental health services a lawyer shall:
- have demonstrated familiarity with the relevant mental health legislation to the satisfaction of the directors general; and
- during the three month duty counsel probation period, shadow an experienced lawyer authorized to provide advice lawyer‑mental health services.
Director general’s discretion
The advice lawyer standards shall apply across the province. The director general shall have the discretion to authorize a lawyer who may not fully meet the standards on a conditional basis, if the director general deems the lawyer to have the necessary skills and experience. In the interest of ensuring quality service, a director general shall have the discretion to require such an applicant to enhance his/her knowledge through professional development and/or being mentored, as deemed appropriate.