Changes to LAO Duty Counsel Program

FOLA received notice yesterday from Legal Aid Ontario about changes that are coming in the duty counsel program, effective July 7th.

The lists of what duty counsel will do/won’t do are attached.

The central changes are as follows, though the detail is really in the service guides:

  • Criminal duty counsel: duty counsel will continue to serve in-custody accused without financially testing as always, but will serve only financially and legally eligible clients for out-of-custody accused.  Duty counsel won’t be providing dedicated courtroom services (ie staffing courtrooms all day) except for bail court.  However, duty counsel will continue to go into court (not trial courts, of course) to serve legally and financially eligible clients.
  • Family duty counsel: duty counsel will assist clients with some aspects of Motions to Change, and will provide in-court service to financially and legally eligible clients in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Unified Family Court.
  • Agency work: duty counsel will provide routine agency work for lawyers on certificate matters.

As a practising lawyer, with over 25 years experience, and with my practice restricted, by choice, to criminal law for well over half my career, please, accept this personal note of encouragement.  I can say that in reviewing the DC restrictions rather than enhancement of DC services we, the practising Certificate counsel Bar, should see a wee glimmer of positivity as this is good for us and not as harmful as anticipated.   In the meanwhile, I as FOLA LAO chair, and Katie Robinette, FOLA’s Executive Director, plan to continue to actively participate with the Alliance for the Sustainability of Legal Aid (ASLA).   The next meeting is Tuesday next.  We and other stakeholders are seeking a course of action to address your concerns.

Terry Brandon

FOLA Legal Aid Chair

Service Guide 2019 – CRIMINAL

 Service Guide 2019 – FAMILY

Civil Claims Online Survey

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Since November 2017, Ontarians have been able to file select civil case documents online, 24/7 using the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Civil Claims Online service.

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As current and potential users, your input is crucial for making this service a success. We created a survey to get a better understanding of how you currently use the service, what you like about it and where we can improve.

Please respond to the survey by March 22, 2019. We truly appreciate your feedback!

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Expansion of Family Claims Online Service

Please see the attached notices in regards to the expansion of the Family Claims Online Service.

Letter LCLA Family online Feb 2019

Setting up your Justice Services Online account 2-19-2019

Our Reference #: AC-2018-273 – Expansion of the civil claims online filing service on May 28, 2018

Our Reference #: AC-2018-273

May 28, 2018

Dear Member of the Legal Community,

Expansion of the civil claims online filing service on May 28, 2018

I am writing to inform you that the civil claims online filing service has been expanded to enable the online filing of additional documents in a civil proceeding in the Superior Court of Justice. This expansion follows the successful province-wide launch of the service in November 2017.

As of May 28, 2018, it will be possible to file the following documents online through the civil claims online portal (

  • Statement of Defence (Form 18A)
  • Notice of Intent to Defend (Form 18B)
  • Statement of Claim filed following the issuance of a Notice of Action (Form 14D)
  • Proof of Service of documents that are filed online
  • Orders and Consents that are required in support of the filing of a document online

The online filing of these documents with the Superior Court of Justice has been authorized by subrule 4.05.1(2) of the Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules also clarify that it will not be necessary to provide the court with a paper copy of a document that was filed online unless the matter is proceeding to a hearing or conference and the party intends to rely on the document at the hearing (rule 4.05.1(6), in force May 28, 2018).

The civil claims online filing service will continue to:

  • allow the online filing of initiating documents:
    • Statement of Claim (Form 14A, 14B)
    • Notice of Action (Form 14C)
    • Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability
    • Request for Bilingual Proceedings
    • Consent to File Documents in French
  • email  court-issued Statements of Claim or Notices of Action;
  • allow online payment of court fees by credit card or Interac;
  • allow a user to track online filing fee payments, submissions and draft submissions; and
  • save work in progress and return to drafts in order to submit the request for filing at a later time.

If you are interested in arranging an online information session for your members about the expanded civil claims online filing service, please send an email to

Please share any comments about the service with Vaia Pappas, Director of the Operational Support Branch at


Sheila Bristo

Assistant Deputy Attorney General

Court Services Division

AC-2018-273 letter to legal community



New Practice Direction-effective April 3rd,2018

Please see the link below in regards to a new practice direction relating to Long Motions in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Welland.

Welland – Electronic Long Motions Memo to Law Associations

Memo to Counsel Re: CAS Trial Scheduling Conferences and Forms

Please find below a copy of a memo which was distributed to counsel by Justice MacPherson on May 24th, 2017.

CAS trial scheduling conferences and forms MEMO_201705241430

Provincial Practice Direction regarding criminal proceedings in the Superior Court effective May 1, 2017

The Superior Court of Justice has established a new Provincial Practice Direction Regarding Criminal Proceedings, which will be in effect as of May 1, 2017.  Please see the attached notice for more information and links.

Announcement re SCJ Criminal Practice Direction

Court Fee Changes in Effect November 6, 2016

As of November 6, 2016, almost all fees of the court were increased.  This has not been done in a long time, so some of the increases are quite substantial.  The new fee schedule is attached for your convenience.


If you have any questions, feel free to call the court.


Thank you.

Lawyers` Directory Form

If you are a member of the Lincoln County Law Association, and your name needs to be added to the Lawyers` Directory, or an entry in the Directory needs to be corrected, please fill out the form below and submit it to us.


Online Directory Form

IMPORTANT: Revised E-Probation and Conditional Sentence Orders Effective Monday, November 23, 2015