I heard the good news today straight from the horse’s mouth. The Ontario government has promised to give LAO some more money sometime in the future. That means that LAO may be able to raise the financial eligibility criteria (that is, is the level of annual income above which you do NOT qualify for Legal Aid assistance, which is currently set at just about 50% of the official poverty level) in increments over a number of years so it may then come close to today’s poverty level. However, if you manage to qualify for a legal aid certificate the rate of pay to lawyers is so low that no lawyer can continue to stay in business on just a legal aid practice. So, if you are charged with a criminal offence you now probably have enough information to answer the question.
- Youth Justice and the New Toronto Courthouse – This is an interesting view of the workings of our youth court system.
- A Tesla full of lawyers. Very predictable.
- CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK – It’s no wonder you don’t know what the present and long-term results of being in contact with the police will be. The rules have been decided but Ontario has not made them into law yet.
- MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES – Parliament needs to remove them all from the criminal code. “There were 29 offences carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment as of 2015, according to the Department of Justice, and several more that carry mandatory minimum punishments that do not include prison time.”
- FUTURE TORONTO ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE – This is bound to be controversial in many ways. For one, all of the “borough” courts (North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, College Park, Old City Hall and 311 Jarvis) will be consolidated into one downtown central location for the entire city of Toronto. (Except for Etobicoke which will continue to be used but only for in custody bail hearings.) It will be across the street from the Superior Court of Justice courthouse and the Ontario Court of Appeal. One location for everything. Parking?