Data set: Certificates approved by area of law

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.

Applications for legal aid certificates are grouped in the area of law the client requires help in. Results are grouped into the categories of criminal law, family law, immigration and refugee law, and other. The category ‘Other’ represents all other legal matters covered by LAO certificates, such as: CCB matters, prison law matters and matters before civil tribunals.

Dataset

File Format Data type Data last refreshed
2020-21: Certificates approved by area of law XLSX Table June 2021
2019-20: Certificates approved by area of law XLSX Table June 2021
2018-19: Certificates approved by area of law XLSX Table June 2021

Limitations

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.