To serve the particular legal needs of women in custody, some Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) lawyers work onsite in six correctional institutions across the province. They are sometimes referred to as onsite or institutional duty counsel. David Kiesman is one such LAO lawyer. He works at Vanier Prison for Women in Milton.
Whether you’re released by the police or on bail, you will get a piece of paper that gives you the date, time and location of your first court date.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is committed to creating an environment that minimizes barriers for women in law. According to Leanne Wight, who went to law school at age 40 and is now a supervisory duty counsel, LAO is a great environment for growing a career.
We’ve come a long way since my last blog on financial eligibility, posted in March 2014, in which I noted how far Ontario was lagging behind other jurisdictions in recognizing that financial eligibility for legal aid services must be increased. Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.
By Annie Schachar I stand up in a room packed with spectators, and I pause to choose my words carefully before I address the audience. Although I’m not making a long speech, I’m conscientious that my words may have a profound impact on someone’s life. I am acting as an LAO duty counsel lawyer in […]
By Mélissa Loïzou As bilingual counsel at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic/Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton, I have been witness to many changes in the Francophone community in Ontario. Thanks to increased immigration from French-speaking countries, I’ve seen the Francophone population in the Hamilton area steadily grow over time. Within this population, many of our clients […]
By Nye Thomas Ontario’s financial eligibility standard for legal aid, which has lagged behind other Canadian jurisdictions for many years, is falling even farther behind. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia are moving further ahead in recognizing that financial eligibility for legal aid services must be increased. What’s happening in Ontario Ontario’s legal aid financial eligibility […]
Lonny Queripel, Managing Lawyer, Duty Counsel at Nova Scotia Legal Aid recently came to the Toronto-area for a three-day visit and tour with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), with the goal of gathering information on record-keeping for benchmarking purposes. Here, Lonny talks to LAO about what lessons he took from this experience and about legal aid in the Maritimes.