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Private Retainer Legal Fees

We offer a fair legal fees structure with payment options if necessary. In smaller cases, we can offer a block fee. Your retainer quote will depend on the nature of the charge and the complexity of the matter. We take into consideration disbursements such as milage, hospital records and long distance phone calls when we provide you a quote. At your first meeting we will give you an estimate and will finalize your retainer agreement once we have full disclosure from the Crown and have fully reviewed your defence.



Access to fair justice should not be solely  based ones finial status and the experienced criminal defence lawyers at Smordin Law are dedicated to provide a certain portion of their time to the cause of representing those who fail to qualify for legal aid and do not have the ability to pay for tradition representation.  Pro Bono services are assessed on a case by case basis and are subject to lawyer availability.  Even if we cannot offer you pro bono tradition representation our staff will always answering any questions you might have and assist you in referral to community agencies and other lawyers int he area who offer pro bono services.


Rowbotham Applications

A Rowbotham application is made in The Ontario Superior Court of Justice than seeks and order directing the Government of Ontario to fund private criminal defence counsel.  Success in winning a Rowbotham Application and securing funding for private retainer lawyer to defend you is based upon the seriousness of the crime.  If you or a loved one is charged with a serious criminal offence and has been denied a Legal Aid Certificate please contact our office and we would be happy to have one of experienced criminal defence lawyers asses you situation and determine if your case could merit a Rowbotham Application.

The Canadian Bar Association has an excellent article targeted at lawyers that discuss the Rowbotham Application financial criteria.