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.

LAO now has a hotline for in-custody certificate applications.

Call 1-866-833-9665 to have your client apply.

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  • LAO Law, Legal Aid Ontario’s research department. You must be a registered panel lawyer to use this service.
  • DC Thinktank (for staff duty counsel lawyers only)