Litigation Assistance Program
Following the successful completion of a one-year pilot Litigation Assistance Program (the “Program”), the OSC has approved the official launch of the OSC Program commencing on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The Program is designed to provide duty counsel services to unrepresented respondents who are involved in enforcement proceedings before the Commission.
The LAP is provided by a roster of external volunteer lawyers and not by the Commission. Although the Commission facilitates applications for assistance under the LAP, it cannot guarantee that legal services will be available in any particular instance.
Under the LAP, any unrepresented Respondent may apply for volunteer legal advice subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis and the availability of volunteer lawyer. The Volunteer lawyers do not provide complete litigation support for all aspects of a proceeding.
The Volunteer lawyers may provide litigation support to unrepresented Respondents only during one or more of the following stages of an enforcement proceeding: pre-hearing conferences; settlement conferences and / or hearings; sanctions and costs hearings and / or on an exceptional basis, motions. Respondents who wish legal advice outside the Program must arrange their own legal counsel.
Volunteer lawyers participating in the LAP are drawn from legal counsel at the following participating law firms: Blakes, Cassels and Graydon LLP, Davies Ward Phillips Vineberg LLP, Bennett Jones LLP, Babin Bessner Spry LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP and Weir Foulds LLP.
To apply for the program or for additional information, please contact the program administrator: LAP@osc.gov.on.ca