Toronto judge Ian Nordheimer has halted charges against 23 year old Tyrell Moodie until the government pays his lawyer fees. Moodie, who has been charged with multiple drug offenses, was denied funding by Legal Aid Ontario due to the fact he is above the income level for a single person, which is $12,000. His fees are estimated to be at least $11,000.
Judge Nordheimer says that the threshold is “not realistic” and in his ruling last week wrote “It should be obvious to any outside observer that the income thresholds being used by Legal Aid Ontario do not bear any reasonable relationship to what constitutes poverty in this country.”
Is it time to adjust the income cut-off? Is it worth the tax payer money?