All counsel taking on criminal standard contracts should review the attached fact sheet regarding this new initiative. The Repeat Violent Offending Intervention Initiative involves designating specific accused persons to receive services from dedicated probation officers and correctional supervisors along with police agencies and dedicated Crown prosecutors to serve as an enhanced case management initiative. ReVOII focuses on prioritizing public safety while also facilitating a person’s rehabilitation. Such cases will require additional time for defence counsel to review disclosure and prepare the file for bail and/or sentencing.
Given the additional time requirement, lawyers whose clients receive a ReVOII designation are encouraged to request additional preparation hours from LABC via an authorization request on the Lawyer Portal to compensate counsel for the increased efforts these files will require. Up to 10 hours will be routinely approved.
We ask lawyers to indicate if the additional preparation is related to ReVOII in the authorization request so that we can monitor those requests and approve them on an expedited basis. LABC encourages counsel to advise us of any issues or concerns that arise from this new initiative.
As we learn more, we will consider further adjustments as necessary to our policy and processes.