News from Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) - Aide juridique Ontario (AJO) is an independent, publicly funded, and publicly accountable non-profit corporation that administers the province's legal aid program.
Legal Aid Ontario's mandate in the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 is to "promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals by means of providing consistently high quality legal aid services in a cost-effective and efficient manner."
For more information on LAO Services see Services Map > Services by Type > Legal Aid Ontario Services
LAO services, such as helping people to obtain or maintain social assistance benefits - are delivered through a network of a number of independent, community-based legal aid clinics, funded by LAO.
LAO also runs a certificate program through its network of legal aid area offices. Here LAO issues certificates, which low-income people use to retain a private lawyer to represent them in proceedings before the criminal or family courts, certain administrative tribunals or immigration/refugee boards. The certificate is the private lawyer's guarantee of payment from LAO, subject to the rates and limitations set out in the legal aid tariff.
LAO also provide duty counsel services - performed by staff and private-sector lawyers - for people who arrive in criminal, family or youth courts without a lawyer.More information
When: Monday, March 27, 2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
Where: St. Michael's College School, 81A St. Mary Street, Brennan Hall, The Coop, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
The Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality (R.A.C.E.) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) invite you to our free educational event: Confronting Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will honour Mr. Peck at a ceremony in Toronto's Osgoode Hall this February.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is offering two grants of $100,000 each to help address suspensions and expulsions of Black youth in Ontario.
The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool's pilot project.
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.
The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool’s pilot project.
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.
The Halton Legal Health Check-Up demonstrates what communities can do to address the gap between legal aid resources and the extent and depth of legal need.
This is a summary of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) CEO David Field's recent contribution to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
Thanks to investment by the Province into legal aid, LAO is able to expand access to its services in areas such as family, immigration, refugee, mental health, criminal, and poverty law.
The money will go to 54 legal aid clinics to support collaborations between and among clinics and community organizations.
Working with the justice and health care sectors, the Strategy will enable legal aid lawyers to approach the intersecting legal issues of mental health clients in a more coordinated fashion.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a mobile phone application (app) to help people determine whether they are financially eligible for a legal aid certificate.
The Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) in Eastern Ontario is celebrating 35 years of serving low-income clients and forging strong community partnerships.
Beginning Oct. 16, Legal Aid Ontario is offering an appointment-based service at the Milton courthouse where low-income people can meet with a lawyer for help with their criminal matters.
In Ontario, right now, a woman who is married to a woman who gives birth is not automatically a parent if they use a known sperm donor. Cy and Ruby's Law aims to change that.
Ontario's seven Student Legal Aid Service Societies operate out of law schools, allowing students to provide legal services under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
LAO is meeting with domestic violence survivors, partners in the VAW community, and other service providers to develop a strategy to expand and improve legal aid services for domestic violence clients.
Legal Aid Ontario is addressing systemic bail issues by expanding its coverage for bail services.