Legal Aid Ontario has announced amendments to the Legal Aid Services Rules (Fees and Disbursements). This section impacts the fees that private bar lawyers are paid for legal aid services.
The first phase changes will come into force on October 16. The changes will:
- Increase the hourly rates for roster lawyers and the amount paid for block fees;
- Increase the number of hours allocated under the hourly tariff; and
- Allow per diem duty counsel to bill according to their tier rate.
To review the tariff reforms for each area of law, refer to the following links: