Support for test cases

Test case committee

This committee provides LAO with expert, independent advice on applications for legal aid assistance for public interest matters. To make recommendations to LAO on supporting public interest matters, the committee applies a public interest matter eligibility test that includes consideration of a range of eligibility factors.

The test case committees role is that of an expert advisory committee. It is LAO that makes final decisions on matters that committee recommends for support.

The committee currently includes:

  • Meeting Chair: Wayne van der Meide, Regional Manager, Provincial Case Management Office

  • Marlys Edwardh, lawyer, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Toronto; expert in criminal law, constitutional law, appellate litigation

  • Faisal Mirza, lawyer, Mirza Kwok Defence Lawyers, Mississauga; expert in criminal law, constitutional law, and appellate litigation. Instructor, University of Toronto, Political Science Department

  • Anthony Morgan, lawyer, Falconers LLP, Toronto; expert in human and civil rights specializing in intersectional anti-racist human rights litigation

  • Ryan Peck, executive director, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario; expert in poverty law, human rights

  • Shawn Richard, lawyer, Lenkinski Law, Toronto; expert in family, estates and civil litigation. Instructor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law. President of Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

  • Geraldine Sadoway, lawyer, law professor at Osgoode Hall, Toronto; expert in international human rights, immigration and refugee law

  • David Shannon, Shannon law office, Thunder Bay; expert in mental health law and human rights.

  • Elizabeth Thomas, lawyer, formerly executive director of Queens Prison Law Clinic, Kingston

  • Chantal Tie, lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Toronto & Ottawa; expert in human rights, immigration and refugee law

Meeting dates scheduled for 2017/18

Listed below are the scheduled committee meetings for 2017:

Application deadline Meeting date
November 2 November 16
December 7 December 21

Listed below are the scheduled committee meetings for 2018:

Application deadline Meeting date
January 4 January 18
February 1 February 15
March 1 March 15
April 5 April 19
May 3 May 17
June 7 June 21
July 5 July 19
August 2 August 16
September 6 September 20
October 4 October 18
November 1 November 15
December 6 December 20

For further information

Please contact:

Wayne van der Meide
Regional Manager, Provincial Case Management Office
Legal Aid Ontario
Tel: (613) 238-7931 ext.58
Email: vanderw@lao.on.ca