About 600 legal aid certificates are typically given out a year for civil cases in Ontario, a practice that appears to have ended.
The Toronto Star reports that starting April 1 coverage was eliminated for a number of claims including, "lawsuits seeking damages for abuse, claims for reinstatement of disability insurance, malicious prosecution, assault or wrongful detention, mortgage actions and personal injury claims…"
Kristian Justesen, a spokesperson for Legal Aid Ontario, has indicated that contingency fee arrangements in the province allow lawyers to take on these cases as an alternative to legal aid, and that funding was often . . . [more]