For criminal lawyers

Information for criminal lawyers on Legal Aid Ontario panels or working on legal aid cases.


New process for counsel in-court certificate applications

Starting October 9, 2018 LAO will allow lawyers to make same-day legal aid applications for clients who are in custody and in court.

To apply, you must be in court and ready to move ahead with a meaningful appearance like a bail hearing or resolution.

Beginning September 17 2018, for a three-month trial period, we will be granting authorizations for bail review applications with a medium or strong chance of success

You can submit bail review applications via Legal Aid Online.

Contact Simone Bern, Criminal policy counsel, at

LAO hotline for people in custody:

Clients can call 866‑883‑9665 from jail for certificate applications or other LAO services.

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