67. In urgent cases, the director general may, before an applicant’s file is thoroughly examined, issue a conditional certificate of eligibility for the performance of conservatory acts necessary for the preservation of the applicant’s rights, particularly as regards his appearance in criminal or penal proceedings. The director general may subsequently issue, if the applicant is determined to be eligible for legal aid, a definitive certificate of eligibility having retroactive effect.
Where the director general does not issue a definitive certificate of eligibility having retroactive effect to the applicant,
(1) the applicant’s advocate or notary, if not in the employ of a legal aid centre or the Commission, must recover the fees and expenses relating to the conservatory acts he has performed from the applicant;
(2) the applicant is required, if conservatory acts have been performed by an advocate or notary in the employ of a legal aid centre or the Commission, to repay the cost of the legal aid received, in accordance with the provisions of Division VI.1.
1972, c. 14, s. 67; 1996, c. 23, s. 31; 2010, c. 12, s. 24.