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Panel lawyers receive retroactive pay under new tariff

Posted on: Monday, May 17, 2010

Retroactive payments are being paid to lawyers who received payment on certificate accounts that now fall under the new tariff rates.

On matters where the original invoice was paid prior to May 9, 2010, a separate EFT deposit accompanies the retroactive payment. The retroactive payment utilizes the same voucher number as the originally paid account, except that it is preceded by the letter R (e.g. original account #0000123456 retroactive payment on that account #R0000123456).

Lawyers who are owed retroactive pay on accounts that are not due for payment in the next 2-3 weeks will have their retroactive payment included in the regular EFT payment, also with a voucher number R preceding the retroactive payment.

The tariff increase for panel lawyers has received regulatory approval and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has implemented the increases agreed on in the January 25, 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG).

Two hourly rate increases have taken effect this year, one on February 1 and another on April 1.

The tariff hourly rate is based on the issue date of the certificate. The first rate increase applies to certificates issued on or after February 1, 2010, until March 31, 2010. The second rate increase applies to certificates issued on or after April 1, 2010.

Certificates will also be issued for boycott-impacted cases with an effective date of February 1, 2010. Lawyers who have received certificates for boycott-impacted cases can also bill for work completed on or after January 25, 2010, provided that the work completed was not related to funding applications.

The revised tariff rates are as follows:


Effective 1-Feb-10 Year 1 1-Apr-10 Year 2 1-Apr-11 Year 3 1-Apr-12 Year 4 1-Apr-13 Year 5 1-Apr-14 Year 6 1-Apr-15 Year 7
Lawyer Rate Tier 1 $81.44 $85.51 $89.79 $94.27 $98.99 $103.94 $109.13
Lawyer Rate Tier 2 $91.62 $96.20 $101.01 $106.07 $111.37 $116.94 $122.78
Lawyer Rate Tier 3 $101.81 $106.90 $112.24 $117.86 $123.75 $129.94 $136.43
Complex Criminal Case Rate $120.02 $124.82 $129.81 $135.00 $141.75 $148.84 $161.05

For further information

For more information please contact the Lawyer Service Centre: (416) 979-9934 or 1-866-979-9934.