This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 181 and does not form part of the law. Bill 181 has been enacted as Chapter 19 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2002.
The Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 is amended as follows:
1. The Act currently provides that Legal Aid Ontario shall provide legal aid services by any method that it considers appropriate, having regard to “the needs of low-income individuals and of disadvantaged communities, the costs of providing such services and [Legal Aid Ontario’s] financial resources”. To this list of matters to which Legal Aid Ontario is to have regard, the Bill adds “the need to achieve an effective balance among the different methods of providing legal aid services” (subsection 14 (1)).
2. Contracting out is added to the range of methods by which Legal Aid Ontario is authorized to provide legal aid services (clause 14 (1) (a.1)).
An Act to amend the
Legal Aid Services Act, 1998
Assented to November 26, 2002
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
(a) adding after “disadvantaged communities” in the portion before clause (a) “the need to achieve an effective balance among the different methods of providing legal aid services”; and
(b) adding the following clause:
(a.1) entering into agreements with lawyers, groups of lawyers or law firms under which the lawyer, group or law firm provides legal aid services;