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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LAO releases Open Government discussion paper

Published April 14, 2016

LAO is releasing the discussion paper, Open Government at Legal Aid Ontario: promoting transparency and accountability in Ontario’s justice system. “The justice system is generally perceived as lagging behind other public services in the dissemination, gathering,…


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