Legal Aid Research Series Court Side Study of Adult Unrepresented Accused in the Provincial Criminal Courts Part 1: Overview Report


Figure 4.2 Duty Counsel: Organizational Models
  Delivered by/Rotation Seniority Pay vs. Crowns
Kelowna Mixed delivery by staff lawyer and private bar on per diem basis
No rotation
Senior members of the bar Staff DC paid $15K less than Crowns
Edmonton Two staff lawyers

No rotation.
Senior members of the bar No relevant comparison
Regina Two staff lawyers assisted by a paralegal
Rotation annually
Senior members of the bar Comparable to that of Crowns
Brandon All staff lawyers (extended duty counsel)
No rotation
Senior members of the bar Paid the same as Crowns
Scarborough Delivered by lawyers on 3-year fixed term contracts (renewable) with Legal Aid Ontario

No rotation
Junior members of the bar except for supervisor Paid $40K less than Crowns
Sherbrooke DC role handled by locally –contracted private law firm Variable No relevant comparison
Bathurst Fourteen private bar members on fixed-term contract
No rotation
Mostly senior members of the bar No relevant comparison
Halifax One staff lawyer
No rotation
Senior member of the bar Paid the same as Crowns
St. John’s One staff lawyer
No rotation
Senior member of the bar Paid the same as Crowns

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