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Tariff rate increase coming April 1

Posted on: Friday, March 30, 2012


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is once again increasing the hourly rate paid to lawyers who represent legal aid clients. Starting April 1, 2012, the hourly rate (or tariff) will rise by approximately 5 per cent above the current rate. This increase includes the block fee rates.

These changes to the tariff rate are in accordance with the January 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed by LAO, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Ministry of Attorney General.


The tariff structure for all areas except Northern Ontario is as follows:

Effective

Previous rate

New rate effective 1 April 2012

Lawyer Rate Tier 1

$89.79

$94.28

Lawyer Rate Tier 2

$101.01

$106.07

Lawyer Rate Tier 3

$112.24

$117.85

Complex Criminal Case Rate

$129.81

$135.00



The tariff rate structure for Northern Ontario is as follows:

Effective

Previous rate

New rate effective 1 April 2012

Lawyer Rate Tier 1

$98.77

$103.71

Lawyer Rate Tier 2

$111.12

$116.67

Lawyer Rate Tier 3

$123.46

$129.64

Complex Criminal Case Rate

$142.79

$148.50


*Please note that as of April 1, 2012, the Guaranteed Daily Rate (GDR) is $1,021.03


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