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CLA & LAO Lawyers sign landmark agreement

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association (“CLA”) and the LAO Lawyers have signed a landmark Criminal Justice Protocol Agreement “CJPA” at Queen’s Park on December 11, 2013.

The agreement arises from, and is designed to avert the growing crisis in the administration of criminal justice in Ontario arising from LAO’s modernization efforts. The agreement contains key commitments rooted in professionalism arising from a mutual recognition of our aligned interests by virtually all lawyers that provide criminal justice services in Ontario. Under this agreement, we are stronger together in advocating on behalf of the indigent accused for increased capacity and resources to address the inequalities within the criminal justice system resulting from chronic under-funding and policy implementation that impedes the ability of accused to access quality legal representation.

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