We Offer Transparency & Value in Defence Fees

We offer all-inclusive flat block fee quotes, where there are no surprises or hourly rate charges for all criminal and regulatory trial and appeal defence work. What you're quoted up front is what you pay. We stress transparency and value in billing.

We Offer Four Kinds of Block Fees to Help You

There are usually four kinds of flat block fees we offer to clients to provide a comprehensive defence of any charge:

1. an initial Resolution Fee for all disclosure evidence analysis, Crown pre-trial negotiations, judicial pre-trial appearances, remand court appearances (so you don't need to appear), and any plea and sentencing or preliminary inquiry court days prior to setting a trial date

2. a second Trial Fee should your decide to take your case to trial if an acceptable resolution has proved impossible, however most cases are concluded during the Resolution phase;

3. an optional Bail Fee should you be stuck in jail and need a bail hearing or a bail review in a higher court if you've been denied bail;

4. an optional Appeal Fee if you're dissatisfied with either the conviction or sentencing results at trial.

All fees are based on the time and complexity likely to be devoted to your case. Generally, more serious charges consume more time and effort in court and in the office for preparation, and therefore require higher fees. A simple assault charge will be much less expensive to vigorously defend than complex conspiracy charges. 

Our Fees Are All Inclusive

All our defence fees include all disbursements like travel, photocopies, and courier charges. The only extras usually would be expert witnesses and court transcripts, though most cases don't require either. 

When you contact our office, once we have the details of your case you'll be quoted a flat fee, we'll put in writing what that covers, and we'll answer all your questions about the terms of the retainer and fees so that there are no later surprises.

You will usually pay the Resolution Fee up front, but not be required to pay for any Trial Fee until we are certain a case must go to trial. 

Typical Fee Ranges for Your Defence

As part of our commitment to transparency in criminal defence fees, we present for your review actual fee ranges that we post online. These fees are based on our decades of experience in the criminal litigation world, and represent a careful consideration of the best value we can offer.

a. Summary Conviction Resolution Fees

Typically the Resolution Fee for less serious charges that proceed only in the Ontario Court of Justice will be under $5000. This includes:

  • Initial advice to client on case prospects & recommended strategy
  • Appear in remand court for client on all required days, which may be numerous appearances (so you don't have to appear)
  • Crown disclosure request, review & analysis, plus further disclosure requests, review and analysis as required;
  • Crown Pre-trial (CPT) meetings to negotiate resolution, request further disclosure, and narrow triable issues; may be multiple CPTs conducted
  • Judicial Pre-trial (JPT) meetings with Crown & judge to negotiate resolution, narrow triable issues, and get court opinion on prospects for case
  • Request & review expert reports, such as medical expert, psychologist, drug & alcohol testing, or pre-sentence report
  • Negotiate & apply for bail variations, such as travel or family contact
  • Final advice to client on results of resolution negotiations, whether client should proceed to trial, and answering of all client questions;
  • Appear in remand or plea court with client to resolve case, including argument & representations to court and presentation of documentary evidence

b. Indictable Resolution Fees

The Resolution Fee for more serious matters proceeding by indictment that eventually move to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice includes additional court time for a preliminary inquiry (like a mini-trial) to test the Crown's evidence and will often be under $10,000, except for more complex matters with lengthy preliminary inquiries (where fees will be a function of number of days in court for the preliminary inquiry). 

In addition to what is already included in the Summary Conviction Resolution Fee, the Indictable Resolution Fee includes:

  • one or more days of court appearances (including preparation) before the Ontario Court of Justice for a Preliminary Inquiry to determine if enough evidence exists to send the case for trial (prelims typically last between one and five days)
  • preparation and argument at preliminary inquiry as to why client should be discharged by the court (if appropriate)
  • appearances at Assignment Court of Superior Court of Justice to set schedule for potential trial or resolution
  • Judicial Pre-Trial (JPT) meetings with Crown and Superior Court Justice to negotiate resolution, narrow triable issues, and get court opinion on prospects for case

c. Trial Fees

Any Trial Fee will be a function of the number of days required in court for a trial plus complexity of pre-trial issues and evidence. Cases with many witnesses and many experts will take up far more court days than cases involving only a couple of witnesses. Cases involving pre-trial motions, such as under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms claiming illegal search and seizure, will also consume more time. The vast majority of matters are resolved before trial, which is why we only need to charge you the Trial Fee when we are certain your matter must proceed to trial.

Trial fees typically range from $5000 to $10,000 (in addition to the Resolution Fee) except for very complex cases where extra days in court will typically cost approximately $3000 per day. The Trial Fee includes:

  • conduct of additional Crown-Pre-Trials (CPTs) Judicial Pre-Trials (JPTs) to narrow trial issues
  • analysis of all evidence to develop superior trial defence strategy
  • identification of witnesses and exhibits required for trial, including securing attendance of witnesses through subpoenas if necessary and request for further disclosure
  • preparation of cross-examination questions for Crown trial witnesses
  • preparation of client & other defence witnesses to potentially testify at trial
  • attendance in court for all trial evidence days
  • attendance in court for trial final argument
  • attendance in court to receive trial judgment and possibly deal with sentencing submissions

d. Provincial Offences Including Highway Traffic Fees

For Provincial Offences proceeding in the Ontario Provincial Offences Court we offer combined Resolution & Trial Fees where there is only one fee to pay for all phases of a case, as these tend to be expedited matters involving very few court appearances, minimal exhibits, and very short trials. Fees are typically $1000 to $2500 depending on complexity of the case, except for some of the most complex cases potentially involving multi-day trials. 

Provincial Offences fees include:

  • attendance at all initial court appearances
  • request, review & analysis of Crown disclosure and requesting further disclosure as required
  • attendance at resolution meeting with provincial prosecutor to negotiate optimal outcome for case prior to trial
  • setting of court trial date if required
  • preparation of client and other witnesses to testy at trial
  • attendance at trial including preparation to cross-examine Crown witnesses, challenge evidence, and present defence case
  • submission on sentencing penalty if required

e. Bail Hearing Fees to Secure Your Release

Bail Fees are typically based on a bail hearing lasting under a day in court will be $2500 to $3500 except in very complex cases where fees will be higher because of greater preparation and more time in court being required. This fee includes:

  • review of Crown evidence synopsis
  • contacting sureties to act for client
  • negotiation with Crown prosecutor for consent release conditions
  • making financial arrangements for the posting of bail including deposits
  • preparation of client and other witnesses to testify at bail hearing
  • attendance at bail hearing, cross-examination of Crown evidence and calling of defence evidence
  • submissions and legal argument on bail hearing in favour of clients release including presentation of case law
  • finalization of bail release conditions

f. Appeal Fees to Challenge Convictions or Sentences

Appeal Fees are based on the complexity of the trial or proceeding being appealed and the court in which the appeal is proceeding. All appeal fees include:

  • request, review & analysis of trial record including transcripts of oral evidence and documentary exhibits
  • consultation with and advice to client concerning appeal strategy
  • preparation of appeal book of trial record and other required documents
  • drafting of written factum of legal argument (up to 30 pages)
  • preparation of book of authorities of caselaw, academic articles, and policy documents
  • review and response to Crown's factum and appeal book written materials
  • attendance before court for argument of appeal
  • review and analysis of appeal judgment received from court

i. Provincial Offences Appeals to Ontario Court of Justice: $5000 (most can be done for this amount, except where the trial was very complex or lengthy). 

ii. Summary Conviction Appeals to Ontario Superior Court of Justice: $10,000 & up (most can be done for this amount, except where the trial was very complex or lengthy)

iii. Indictable Appeals to Court of Appeal for Ontario: $20,000 to $30,000 & up (fees within that range depend on the complexity and duration of the trial, with very complex or lengthy trials exceeding this range if there were many weeks of evidence and hundreds of exhibits that need to be analysed for the appeal)

iv. Motions on Criminal Appeals to extend time to serve & file a notice of appeal, to admit fresh evidence, or for other relief will add to the cost of an appeal, with the motion's cost depending on whether it will be heard at the same time as the appeal itself, or require an entirely separate hearing day: typically $5,000 to $10,000 in addition to appeal costs. 

v. Bail Reviews or Bail Pending Appeal Applications: $5,000 to $10,000 depending on complexity of original bail hearing or bail plan to be proposed. 

All these fees are estimated ranges, and we encourage you to contact our office for a precise fee quote based on your personal circumstances. Our fees are always competitive, and in comparing quotations you should always carefully verify exactly what is and is not included in a criminal defence fee quote. 

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Nos honoraires sont toujours forfaitaires, ce qui signifie que vous n'aurez pas à payer plus que le prix coté. On compte généralement quatre types d’honoraires forfaitaires :

  1. un premier frais pour la résolution, ceci inclus l’obtention et l’analyse de la divulgation, les conférences avec la Couronne, les conférences préparation au procès avec juge, les comparutions préliminaires, le plaidoyer et le prononcé de la peine ou les procédures lors de l’enquête préliminaire au procès avant la fixation de la date d’un procès 
  2. dans l’éventualité où il s’avère impossible de trouver un règlement acceptable , un deuxième frais pour le procès ;
  3.  si vous êtes en prison un frais facultatif pour effectuer une enquête sur la mise en liberté provisoire ou une révision de la mise en liberté provisoire si un tribunal à refuser votre libération sous cautionnement 
  4.  si vous êtes insatisfait une déclaration de culpabilité ou un prononcé de peine un frais facultatif pour porter la décision en appel devant un tribunal supérieur

Tous nos frais sont calculés selon la complexité et le temps susceptible d’être consacré à votre affaire. Généralement les accusations graves consommeront plus de temps et effort et par conséquent ceux-ci nécessitent des frais plus élevés. Cette somme comprend les honoraires et les dépenses, y compris les frais de déplacement et administratifs. Seuls les frais pour un témoin expert et les transcriptions ne sont pas inclus.

Lorsque vous communiquez avec notre bureau, nous ferons une analyse préliminaire de votre affaire suivie d’une estimé d’honoraires écrite. De plus, nous répondrons à toutes vos questions et nous ferons un plaisir de vous expliquer les conditions du mandat de représentations en justice.