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Legal Aid Ontario is proud to offer test cases among the services it offers

Published September 4, 2016

Test cases are important cases that possibly set a precedent in law. LAO takes on such cases because they can address system-wide issues that affect large numbers of low-income and vulnerable people. Test cases are a practical and realistic way to bring province-wide issues before the courts that would not otherwise happen. One such recent…

Technology and access to justice in the spotlight at Wired Justice conference

Published September 2, 2016

Click here to download image. This Sept. 8-9, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), Legal Services Society of BC and Osgoode Hall Law School are co-hosting Wired Justice, the first technology and access to justice (A2J) conference focused on legal aid. The web conference will feature legal experts digging into key topics at the intersection of technology…

LAO posts submission on Strategy for a Safer Ontario consultation

Published September 1, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) made 27 recommendations for the development of the Strategy for a Safer Ontario, a new blueprint for policing. LAO’s submission to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is based on its own understanding of the legal needs of vulnerable client groups. The submission focuses on: education and training programs…

Legal Aid Ontario posts its submission on expanding legal services options for Ontario families

Published August 9, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has provided input to the Ministry of the Attorney General on whether family legal services should now also be delivered by people who aren’t lawyers-people such as paralegals, law clerks and law students. LAO’s submission to the Family Legal Services Review consultation outlines its experience in providing legal services by non-lawyers…

Legal Aid doing its bit

Published July 5, 2016

The following letter to the editor appeared in slightly shorter form in the Toronto Star on June 29. Click here to download image. Re: CAS study reveals stark racial disparities for blacks, aboriginals Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) applauds the Toronto Star for calling attention to the overrepresentation of children who are Aboriginal or Black in…

Everyone deserves access to justice

Published June 23, 2016

The following op-ed appeared in slightly shorter form in the Hamilton Spectator on June 22, 2016. Click here to download image. By David Field, President and CEO, Legal Aid Ontario Recently, Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer suspended proceedings on a criminal case on the grounds that the defendant – who earned $16,000 a year, well…

Legal Assistance of Windsor and Community Legal Aid celebrate their new co-location

Published June 23, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) congratulates Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW)-a unique, interdisciplinary legal clinic, and Community Legal Aid (CLA), the University of Windsor SLASS clinic, in the celebration of their co-location in downtown Windsor. The clinics provide local low-income and vulnerable people with one-stop coordinated, holistic services from lawyers and social workers. “This partnership between…

LAO statement on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report

Published June 15, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) President and CEO, David Field, issued the following statement regarding the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: As National Aboriginal Day approaches next week, on behalf of LAO, I want to thank the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, particularly the survivors who shared their stories. The report highlights the…

Legal Aid Ontario developing strategy for racialized communities

Published June 13, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is developing a strategy to identify the legal needs and to protect the legal rights of racialized communities in the justice system. “Clients from racialized communities are often over-represented and face unequal treatment in the justice system,” says John McCamus, LAO’s Chair. “Because of this, LAO needs to develop a strategy…

Update on financial eligibility certificate processes

Published June 2, 2016

In June 2015, LAO implemented the most significant expansion of legal eligibility (ELE) in more than 25 years. We recognized that accurately forecasting the demand for these expanded legal eligibility categories would be challenging. This was due to the complex and unpredictable nature of legal service needs in rapidly changing areas of law, and the…


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