Services by type - Court and Tribunal Related Services
If you are at court or at a tribunal and don't have a lawyer, you can look for the duty counsel office or ask to see duty counsel. Duty counsel are lawyers who can give immediate legal assistance to low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer. There are duty counsel lawyers at criminal and family courts.
If you are a tenant who has to go to the Landlord and Tenant Board and you don't have any legal help, you may be able to get help when you arrive at the Board from a tenant duty counsel.
Duty counsel lawyers will help you for free but you may first have to show that you can't afford to pay for your own lawyer. And, there are limits to what they can help you with.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) helps low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities get legal assistance through a broad range of services, including legal help for low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer, telephone and online assistance, resources, referrals, and assistance in retaining a lawyer if applicants meet eligibility requirements. LAO provides help in certain areas of law, such as criminal, family, and immigration and refugee.
For more information, visit the LAO web site. Or, call the LAO client service centre at 1-800-668-8258 or 416-979-1446. The TTY numbers are 1-866-641-8867 and 416-598-8867. You can also find out more about LAO services on the Your Legal Rights Services Map. For more information, see:
Pro Bono Ontario offers a free program to help people who have civil, non-family, matters at the Small Claims Court or Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa. The program is designed for people who are representing themselves. They offers brief services that include guide books on various civil law topics (including court rules and process), software to help complete court forms, and duty counsel lawyers who provide free legal advice. At times lawyers may be able to represent people in court on that day.
A wide range of services listed below provide legal help in courts and tribunals.
211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For general information on finding legal help visit: I need legal help, but have limited income and can't afford a lawyer. What can I do?
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