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Proposed refugee & immigration panel standards released

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed two proposed refugee and immigration panel standards — a general standard and an appellate standard — for service providers who work on legal aid funded refugee and immigration matters.

Both proposed new standards are designed to:

  • help clients continue to access high quality legal representation
  • establish universal standards for all legal aid funded service providers, including:
    • private lawyers
    • staff lawyers and paralegals and
    • clinic staff with a refugee services agreement
  • identify the appropriate levels of expertise and experience required for different kinds of cases.

The proposed standards are based on feedback LAO received during public consultations on a first draft during the fall and winter of 2013/14, in addition to input from representatives of the Refugee Lawyers Association (RLA) in Spring 2014.

Though formal consultations are now closed, LAO continues to welcome comments and input. LAO will consult with the RLA in the development of a new process for empanelment, compliance monitoring, and removal.



Jawad A. Kassab - LLB, MDiv, MBA
Executive Lead, Refugee Services Transformation
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-1446 x4705
Fax: (416) 979-2948