McGuinty government appoints new Chair of Legal Aid Review

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has appointed Professor
Michael Trebilcock to continue the province's legal aid review, Attorney
General Michael Bryant announced today. Professor Trebilcock replaces
Professor John McCamus, who was recently appointed Chair of Legal Aid Ontario.
    "Professor Trebilcock's background and experience make him the perfect
replacement for Professor McCamus," said Bryant. "I want to thank Professor
McCamus for his excellent work during the first phase of the review."
    Trebilcock was called to the Bar of New Zealand in 1964 and the Bar of
Ontario in 1975. Since 1990, he has been a Professor of Law at the University
of Toronto, specializing in economic, international trade, competition and
contract law. He was also Director of Research for the 1997 Ontario Legal Aid
    "We're pleased the legal aid review will continue under Professor
Trebilcock," said Paul Kowalyshyn, Chair of the County and District Law
Presidents' Association.
    "We are pleased to see the government moving ahead on its commitment to
engage in a serious and meaningful review of the current tariff process with
the appointment of Professor Trebilcock," said Louise Botham, President of the
Criminal Lawyers' Association.
    "As a distinguished and experienced university law professor, Professor
Trebilcock is an excellent choice to continue this project," said Michael
Eizenga, President of the Advocates' Society.
    "We are pleased Michael Trebilcock will continue the work started by
Professor McCamus," said James Morton, President of the Ontario Bar
Association. "We look forward to working with him to ensure we have a strong
legal aid system both now and into the future."
    The project is reviewing the administration of the legal aid system and
examining alternatives to the current tariff process.

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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