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Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks tells Law Times that Legal Aid Ontario’s final discretion guidelines and initiatives are a “progressive move.”
“Before the final guidelines, there were no guarantees that you would get discretion,” says Hicks, a partner of Hicks Adams LLP. “So, it is a very progressive move by legal aid. The devil is in the details as they say, and we will have to see exactly how these new guidelines unfold. But, so far, it seems promising.”
“In theory, legal aid is saying all the right things,” says Bernstein. “But, time will tell. Really at the end of the day it’s about our clients and legal aid recognizing the work that we do for them.”