Information for lawyers
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides case management programs for criminal and family panel lawyers who take on certain costly cases and proceedings.
For criminal matters, LAO provides:
Big Case Management (BCM), which sets budget limits for the most costly and complex criminal trial defences that LAO funds – criminal cases expected to cost more than $20,000 (for non-homicide cases) or $30,000 (for homicide cases).
Mid-level case management, for complex criminal cases likely to fall above $8,000 and below the Big Case Management threshold. Some criminal matters will be streamed to mid-level case management for assessment and management.
For family disputes, LAO provides family case management for Child and Family Service Act Crown wardship matters likely to cost more than $8,000.
These initiatives provide lawyers with cost certainty and the resources they require for these complex proceedings. They also help LAO ensure cost-effective, high-quality legal services for its low-income clients, comply with the requirements of the Legal Aid Services Act regarding discretionary payments, gain greater certainty and control over case costs, and simplify billing and payment processes.