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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    our consultation or training sessions over the last two months Let us know what worked and what didn t As new initiatives are rolled out LAO consults with stakeholders to give them a chance to provide their feedback Recent consultations have focused on discretion clinic compensation funding case management and tariff pre authorization and refugee law services reform We also offer live web based and in person training sessions to explain changes and new processes The confidential survey will help to improve future consultation and training sessions To provide us with your feedback please complete the survey Questions For questions or further information please contact Kristian Justesen Director Communications and Public Affairs Phone 416 979 2352 ext 4782 Email justesk lao on ca and or media lao on ca Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News and notices Legal Aid Online Billing inquiries Forms library Lawyer Workforce Strategy Resources footer navigation Accessibility Careers at LAO Contact LAO News archives Social media Other resources Need legal help Our toll free number connects low income Ontarians to legal aid

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1301-08_consultationfeedback.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    access for all meritorious claims ensure continuity of service provider BOC hearing challenge Bill C 31 lobby for increased funding co ordinate services with clinics RLO ensure coverage decisions based on individual merit assessment not IRB acceptance rates provide coverage BOC prep hearing representation for 90 per cent 25 per cent acceptance rate countries including DCOs safe countries supervise paralegals if they are to provide refugee services Clinics be a champion for refugee rights including the right to counsel for refugees provide funding for test case litigation law reform efforts and community mobilization to address systemic issues not tie funding for refugee law services to levels of targeted funding provided by the Federal government ensure a well functioning legal aid certificate program as the most effective and efficient service delivery model ensure that all refugee claimants whose cases meet a minimal merit threshold obtain legal representation provide substantial new funding to legal clinics to respond to refugee service pressures based on proposed model Community partners develop plain language public legal information develop summary legal advice and duty counsel services at ports of entry or CICs collaborate more with community agencies support agencies interested in holding legal clinics for claimants to explain LAO and IRB processes Paralegals provide opportunity for paralegals to serve refugee clients develop training and articling rotations in support of refugee competency support efforts to increase refugee law learning opportunities at LSUC and colleges LAO is currently reviewing the consultation feedback and is implementing interim changes to refugee services in light of Bill C 31 It will announce a new model for delivery of refugee and immigration services early next year Related Refugee Law Services Transformation Report on Consultation December 2012 Questions For questions or further information please contact Maureen Hastings Director Administration Civil and Immigration Law Services

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1212-19_refugeefeedback.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    name or LSUC number don t match our records LAO developed this new electronic application to continuously verify and confirm the LSUC status for empanelled LAO lawyers It will not affect billings or certificate acknowledgements Among its benefits it provides an easily accessible and efficient means for LAO to check a lawyer s LSUC status while maximizing the use of technology and supporting due diligence It also provides LAO with an accurate picture of a lawyer s LSUC status thereby helping the organization to ensure high quality service for LAO clients LSUC governs Ontario s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest by ensuring that the people of Ontario are served by lawyers and paralegals who meet high standards of learning competence and professional conduct Questions For questions or further information please contact Kristian Justesen Director Communications and Public Affairs Phone 416 979 2352 ext 4782 Email justesk lao on ca and or media lao on ca Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News and notices Legal Aid Online Billing inquiries Forms library Lawyer Workforce Strategy Resources

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1212-18_LSUClawyerstatusverification.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    before Dec 15 will continue to receive services as announced Sept 6 2012 These changes will ensure that eligible clients receive legal aid coverage when Bill C 31 comes into effect Bill C 31 is the federal government s new federal refugee and immigration legislation The chart below describes LAO s interim measures Proceeding Effective Dec 15 Stage 1 Personal Information Form PIF preparation A Basis of Claim BOC form replaces the PIF Wording on the certificate will be changed from PIF to BOC Clients may be eligible for a five hour certificate to complete a BOC LAO subject matter experts will assess merit for BOC coverage The three hour certificate for the narrative portion of a PIF will be discontinued for claims made after Dec 15 LAO will process complete applications efficiently within 48 hours to meet shorter refugee determination timelines Stage 2 Refugee Protection Division hearing interview LAO subject matter experts will assess merit for hearing coverage and whether or not the BOC certificate should be amended to add 11 hours for services leading up to the RPD hearing LAO will announce a new model for delivery of refugee and immigration services early next year LAO is currently reviewing the feedback received during its Nov 5 to Dec 10 consultations with a broad range of organizations stakeholders and individuals in the refugee determination system across Ontario Questions For questions or further information please contact Maureen Hastings Director Administration Civil and Immigration Law Services GTA Region Email hastinma lao on ca Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News and notices Legal Aid Online Billing inquiries Forms library Lawyer Workforce Strategy Resources footer navigation Accessibility Careers at

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1212-11_refugeeinterim.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    need to provide value to taxpayers More than 110 participants including stakeholders a broad range of organizations and individuals in the refugee determination system signed up for the in person and web based sessions In the coming weeks LAO will share on its website the raw information gathered from the consultations This information and feedback will be used to develop plans and create public legal information that will help ensure LAO delivers refugee law services that meet our clients needs and address today s challenges In addition LAO will implement interim changes to its current model for delivering refugee and immigration services for refugee claimants who seek protection in Canada on or after Dec 15 2012 Refugee claimants who seek protection in Canada before Dec 15 will continue to receive services from LAO as announced Sept 6 2012 Questions For questions or further information please contact Maureen Hastings Director Administration Civil and Immigration Law Services GTA Region Email hastinma lao on ca Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News and notices Legal Aid Online Billing inquiries Forms

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1212-11_refugeeconsultationwrapup.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    their staff to register for live web based information sessions to be held from Nov 21 to Jan 30 to learn more about the discretion guidelines that will come into effect on November 26 Lawyers who register can conveniently access session s from their own computers to gain further information on what the new clarified guidelines are by area of law criminal family Child and Family Service Act immigration the new forms to request discretion and how to use them These webinar sessions are currently available in English only Sessions in French are available on request Online event registration for Discretion guidelines powered by Eventbrite Questions or difficulties registering If you have any questions regarding these information sessions or if you have any difficulties in registering please contact General Learning LAO Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News and notices Legal Aid Online Billing inquiries Forms library Lawyer Workforce Strategy Resources footer navigation Accessibility Careers at LAO Contact LAO News archives Social media Other resources Need legal help Our toll free number connects low income Ontarians to

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1210-31_discretiontraining.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    initiatives To help you understand the details of these changes we are offering live web based information sessions for LAO panel lawyers and their staff These sessions will include information on case management program for costly complex family and criminal law non BCM matters tariff pre authorizations in summary conviction trials and status reviews society to Crown wardship an opportunity to have your questions answered by LAO s in house experts Please note these webinar sessions are currently available in English only Sessions in French are available on request Following your registration LAO will send you a confirmation email that will contain the webinar link and telephone number to login to the session Criminal case management training Event registration for Case management tariff pre authorization criminal law powered by Eventbrite Family case management training Online Ticketing for Case management tariff pre authorization family law powered by Eventbrite Questions or difficulties registering If you have any questions regarding these information sessions or if you have any difficulties in registering please contact General Learning LAO Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1211-21_casemgmttraining.asp (2014-08-18)
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  • Legal Aid Ontario: Newsroom
    issued on or after November 26 Tariff pre authorizations will be effective on certificates issued on or after November 26 for summary conviction trials and child protection status reviews society to Crown wardship These initiatives reflect the feedback LAO received from the bar during province wide consultations LAO released its new guidelines to clarify the discretion request process on Aug 16 2012 after holding 29 consultation sessions on discretion More recently LAO held eight consultations four each for family lawyers and criminal lawyers and two focus groups to hear the bar s feedback on its criminal mid level case management family case management and tariff pre authorization initiatives between Oct 22 and Nov 9 LAO is providing training on these initiatives for panel lawyers LAO held initial training sessions on the discretion guidelines for panel lawyers and their staff between Nov 6 and 15 and will host future training sessions on discretion as well as sessions on case management and pre authorization from Nov 21 to Jan 31 Questions For questions about the discretion guidelines please contact Lesley Byfield Director Lawyer Services Payments ByfieldL lao on ca Darcy DesLauriers Lawyer Services Payments GTA Region deslaud lao on ca Piyali Kundu Lawyer Services Payments Southwest Region kundup lao on ca Janice N Vincent Lawyer Services Payments NCE Regions vincenj lao on ca For questions about criminal mid level case management family case management and tariff pre authorizations please contact the district area director in the district where the certificate was issued Learn more The new clarified discretion guidelines by area of law Forms to request discretion Case management Tariff pre authorizations Site information Getting legal help footer navigation Are you eligible for legal aid Types of help Getting help in the courtroom Community and specialty clinics For lawyers footer navigation News

    Original URL path: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1211-20_newguidelines.asp (2014-08-18)
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