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Old 06-29-2019, 12:55 PM
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Default How do i know or find out if other party is on legal aid certificate

How do i know or find out if other party is on legal aid certificate in a family law matter? I am concerned that legal aid is giving this person wings.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:55 AM
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If they are, what would you do about it?

Just send an offer to settle that you know you can beat at trial, and then stop communicating until the trial.
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Old 07-02-2019, 12:47 AM
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Hi Janus,

Thank you for the response. I wouldn't do anything about it. This post is for a friend. I am guessing that the party finds it hard to believe that the op would qualify for aid based on the thresholds and would like to know how to find out if taxpayers are footing the bill. I don't think that is an unreasonable question to have. Do you?

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Old 07-02-2019, 01:28 AM
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Hi Odinn - haven't seen you on here for quite some time!

I thought you had an interesting question. Skimming over this, I would hazard a guess that the payment information might not be available as it may be considered to be client-attorney privileged information? 6.1

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/privac...vacypolicy.pdf

What do you think?
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:30 PM
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Hi Arabian, nice to see you are still helping others. Hope all is well with you. Thank you for your response. I found this:

12.4 Records about service providers and consultants
[....] Information about the amount billed by a lawyer in a specific case would be protected by solicitor-client privilege and disclosure not governed by FIPPA. Information about the total amount billed by a particular lawyer would be subject to FIPPA but not disclosable because disclosure would constitute an unjustified invasion of personal privacy (s.21(3)(f)) unless it were determined that there was a compelling public interest in the disclosure, in which case the exemptions would not apply (s.23). Where a requester wishes to pursue access, provide a FIPPA request form, require payment of $5 and forward the completed request form to the FIPPA Coordinator.

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Old 07-09-2019, 12:42 PM
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I think your definition of “compelling” will not match a judge’s conception of that term.

That said, $5 is nothing, go for it!
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