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LASA 2020 has been proclaimed

Published October 18, 2021

The Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 (LASA 2020) has now been proclaimed. The new act allows Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) the opportunity to innovate and modernize both legal aid services and how those services are delivered. Under LASA 2020, LAO has established rules and policies to manage and administer legal aid. This rule-based framework enables LAO…

LAO to cover cases adjourned to Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court

Published October 12, 2021

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is covering the cost of a lawyer for those whose matters are more than twelve months old and have had their cases adjourned to Judge‑Led Intensive Case Management Court (JICMC). The JICMC was set up to address the large backlog of cases resulting from the COVID‑19 pandemic. Accused people whose matters…

Call for 2021 nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award

Published September 27, 2021

It’s time to send in your nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award! The deadline for submission is Friday, November 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. The award is named after Justice Sidney B. Linden, the first chair of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), who has been involved with legal aid for over 35 years. LAO created the Sidney B….

National Duty Counsel Day: Recognizing the legal aid lawyers making access to justice possible for millions of Canadians

Published September 15, 2021

Canadians benefit from outstanding social services like universal healthcare, social assistance and employment insurance. But, few know about our public legal services. We made a day to change that. The first National Duty Counsel Day, on October 27, 2021, aims to raise awareness about duty counsel lawyers whose work ensures that everyone is equal…

Congratulations to Avvy Go on her Federal Court appointment

Published August 19, 2021

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) congratulates Avvy Go, former clinic director at Chinese and Southeast Asian Clinic (CSALC), on her appointment as a judge of the Federal Court in early August 2021. “Justice Go’s contributions in helping disadvantaged communities are numerous,” says David Field, LAO’s president and CEO. “In her many years as clinic director at CSALC,…

Relationships First, Business Later: LAO publishes Part I of Aboriginal Justice Strategy consultation report

Published June 29, 2021

After thoughtful, thorough consultation with Indigenous stakeholders, the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) at Legal Aid Ontario is publishing Relationships First, Business Later, Part I, of a consultation report on the AJS’s and LAO’s effectiveness in the delivery of legal aid services to Indigenous clients in Ontario. It is vital for us to be the most effective…

Need legal aid? Now you can apply online!

Published May 17, 2021

Starting May 17, 2021, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will allow certain people to apply online and all clients will now have access to new features on a client‑only site. In this first phase, online applications will be available to people with specific immigration/refugee, criminal and family issues who: have no income, or receive Ontario Works…

COVID-19: Emergency legal aid services set to change

Published May 3, 2021

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is setting new temporary financial eligibility thresholds for domestic violence and child protection matters that will come into effect May 3, 2021 until September 30, 2021 for non‑Indigenous applicants. Financial eligibility criteria for these matters reflects an increase over the pre-pandemic threshold. The new eligibility threshold replaces the emergency waiver of financial eligibility…

We want to hear from you on the draft new rules to govern legal aid in Ontario

Published April 8, 2021

In July 2020, the legislature passed the Legal Aid Services Act, (2020), which will govern legal aid in Ontario. Before the new law comes into effect, we must create rules to guide and support its implementation. These rules will help us create a modern approach to serving our clients. Between April 21 and May 20, we invite…


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