Litigation Assistance Program and Duty Counsel Program
About the Litigation Assistance Program
The Litigation Assistance Program (LAP) is designed to provide assistance to unrepresented respondents who are involved in an Enforcement proceeding or an Application for Hearing and Review before the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).
The LAP is provided by a roster of external volunteer lawyers and not by the OSC. Although the OSC facilitates applications for LAP assistance, it cannot guarantee that legal services will be available.
Volunteer lawyers in the LAP are selected and trained by The Advocates’ Society.
LAP lawyers may provide litigation assistance for one or more of the following stages of an enforcement proceeding:
- preliminary attendance
- confidential conference
- confidential settlement conference and/or public settlement hearing
- sanctions and costs hearing
- motion (on an exceptional basis)
LAP does not provide litigation assistance for any other stage of a proceeding, including the hearing on the merits.
For further information about LAP consult the LAP Q&A for Unrepresented Respondents.
To apply for LAP assistance, complete an Application to Participate in the OSC Litigation Assistance Program agreeing to the Terms and Conditions set out and send it to LAP@osc.gov.on.ca.
About the Duty Counsel Program - How is it different from LAP?
The Duty Counsel Program (DCP) provides day-of legal services to unrepresented respondents involved in enforcement proceedings before the OSC. A respondent is not required to apply in advance for the Duty Counsel Program. However, the scope of assistance that Duty Counsel can provide on the hearing date is more limited than that provided by LAP counsel due to the inability of Duty Counsel to consult with the respondent and prepare in advance of the hearing. DCP lawyers are permitted to assist a respondent at only the following stages of a proceeding:
- preliminary attendance,
- confidential conference, and/or
- sanctions and costs hearing.
DCP does not provide litigation assistance for any other stage of a case, including the hearing on the merits.
For further information about the DCP consult the DCP Q&A for Unrepresented Respondents.
If you have additional questions, please email LAP@osc.gov.on.ca.
Volunteer Lawyer Participating Law FirmsThornton Grout Finnigan LLP
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP