Data set: Certificate application outcomes

LAO staff working at courthouses or on the phone assess whether an individual qualifies for legal help from LAO, and what kind of legal help they qualify for. A formal application is then created, and, if approved, a certificate is issued. Certificates state the type of service and length of time, as LAO will pay for a lawyer to complete the service based on the typical amount of work required.

Data collected in the set is for the outcome of intake process for applications for a legal aid certificate. Results are recorded as Approved, Refused, or Other. Outcomes labelled as “Other” are often of an administrative nature and can include: referrals to other service providers, applications withdrawn by the client, or instances when an application was created in error.


File Format Data type Data last refreshed
2020-21: Certificate application outcomes XLSX Table June 2021
2019-20: Certificate application outcomes XLSX Table June 2021
2018-19: Certificate application outcomes XLSX Table June 2021


Note that data collected does not contain and information about client identities, their applications for legal aid or particulars for their case. This information is considered confidential as per the Legal Aid Services Act.