LAO Express

Vol. 5 - July 2011

It's been a few months since the last LAO Express, but if you've been monitoring the airwaves, you will know that Legal Aid Ontario has been busy adding enhancements to Legal Aid Online, simplifying billing and joining the Twitterverse. This edition of LAO Express brings you some highlights from the last few months and some ideas of what's to come in 2012.

LAO billing now measured in dollars

On December 16, 2011, Legal Aid Ontario updated the annual billing limit of 2,350 hours to a dollar value to accommodate the criminal block fee program. More information about these amounts for tier I, II and III lawyers can be found on our website and in our billing limit FAQ.

Simplified certificate acknowledgements and billing

Lawyers can now acknowledge certificates online after receiving a private retainer, making the acknowledgement process faster and more convenient. As well, lawyers can benefit from a simplified billing process for cases where criminal charges authorized on multiple certificates are resolved together. Read the full story online.

Electronic certificate documents on Legal Aid Online

Starting this week, lawyers who accept legal aid work will receive completed certificate documents through Legal Aid Online instead of by mail. Learn more about how this enhancement can benefit your practice.

Missed the last block fee training session? New dates for 2012!

Unless you've been hiding under a pile of legal files, you'll know that Legal Aid Ontario rolled out the second phase of the block fee program at the end of May. If you missed one of the previous block fee sessions or would like a refresher, registration is now open for our 2012 dates.

Hello world: LAO joins the Twitterverse

Back in October, LAO got social, launching two Twitter accounts. For fresh-off-the-press news, follow our LAO Communications account, @LegalAidOntario and for lawyer news and information check out our LAO Hot Bytes account, @LAO_HotBytes! the newest legal info website for Ontarians

In December, we launched a new bilingual website called to help people navigate their way through Ontario’s criminal justice system. With over 8,000 visits to the site in the first month, Ontarians are obtaining a better understanding of criminal procedures and recognizing the benefits of seeking counsel or duty counsel before stepping into the courtroom. Visit the website and read the full story here.

We want your feedback
Here at LAO Express HQ, we’ve been working hard to find new and creative ways of improving how we communicate with you. We hope you’ve found the LAO Express helpful and we welcome your feedback on how we are doing.