legal aid


  • LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

    LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

    Jun 18, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario is now better prepared to step up in engaging with Legal Aid Ontario, after years of distance between the two organizations, says outgoing treasurer Paul Schabas. Schabas — who on June 28 leaves the role of treasurer of the regulatory body — says that a deeper relationship with Legal Aid Ontario is one of the most enduring things he accomplished in the role.

  • Family law matters

    Mar 19, 2018

    Legal aid funding is a tricky matter. There are limited resources for unlimited issues with the justice system, a sentiment I have often heard repeated by those tasked with figuring out how best to prioritize certain public policy issues with the public purse.

  • Lawyers pan minister’s response to legal aid study

    Lawyers pan minister’s response to legal aid study

    Mar 19, 2018

    Lawyers say that the federal justice minister’s response to recommendations by a Commons committee on how to improve legal aid in Canada is disappointing.

  • Lawyers fight LAO over termination

    Lawyers fight LAO over termination

    Feb 26, 2018

    A criminal defence lawyer has taken Legal Aid Ontario to court to try to get his name back on the agency’s duty counsel panel after he was fired.

  • LSO examines its role in legal aid

    LSO examines its role in legal aid

    Jan 29, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario is looking to reinvigorate its role when it comes to legal aid.

  • Ontario community legal clinics unveil new shared space

    Ontario community legal clinics unveil new shared space

    Oct 16, 2017

    The Co-operative of Specialty Community Legal Clinics of Ontario unveiled their new shared space at 55 University Ave. in Toronto on Oct. 12. Here, eight legal clinics operate, thanks to funding from the Province of Ontario and Legal Aid Ontario.

  • OCA rules on amicus rates

    OCA rules on amicus rates

    Sep 25, 2017

    In a case that could eventually have implications for whether amicus curiae can be appointed in family law matters, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the attorney general is not obligated to negotiate payment for amicus above legal aid rates. In Morwald-Benevides v. Benevides, the attorney general appealed the appointment of amici in a family law matter involving a “toxic” custody dispute.

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