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TAXATION OF LAWYERS ACCOUNTS

When a lawyer has completed a case for which a legal aid certificate was issued, or an assignment as duty counsel, an account for services is submitted to the Legal Aid Society of Alberta. A member of the Society’s Taxation Department reviews each account to ensure that it is in accordance with the Tariff of Fees and processes it for payment. All accounts are submitted and taxed at the Provincial Office in Edmonton. The accounts set out below include interim, final and/or subsequent billings but not Express Payments. Certificates paid through Express Payment process are set out separately below.

Federal Criminal (Adult)

13,057

Civil

12,527

Young Offenders

3,844

Court Ordered Young Offenders

512

Duty Counsel

3,519

Number of Accounts Processed

Total

33,459

EXPRESS PAYMENT PROCESS

Lawyers may submit a certificate for express payment for the following: Level One offence guilty plea, Level Two offense guilty plea and Level One trials. The fees for these payments are based on a block tariff which includes all

disbursements. This process is much quicker than the normal account process. Lawyers who choose to certificates for express payment simply complete the relevant portion on the back of the certificate. 2001/2002 there were 8,745 certificates submitted and paid under the express payment program.

submit During

EXCEPTIONAL ACCOUNTS REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT

The Exceptional Accounts Review Committee considers lawyers’ appeals from the taxation of their accounts and also requests for discretionary increases on the basis of exceptional facts or circumstances. In the past year, the bulk of the matters considered by the committee were discretionary increase requests. The numbers set out below reflect the total number of matters considered by the committee without distinguishing between actual appeals and requests for an increase.

Edmonton

Calgary

Regions

Total

Total Cases

78

33

41

152

Total Number of Cases Considered by Area

27

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