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.

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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.

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Administrative Justice Support Network (Community Living Ontario)

The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
416-447-4348 (233)
Website:
http://asjn.communitylivingontario.ca/

Assessment Review Board

The Assessment Review Board (ARB) is a tribunal by the Government of Ontario to hear about appeals regarding property accessments or classifications in Ontario. The Assessment Review Board is an...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Phone:
1-416-212-6349
Website:
Assessment Review Board

Board of Negotiations

The Board of Negotiations (BON) is a tribunal board of Ontario that negotiates the settlement landowners get for the land that have been seized by the state. The BON deals with compensation for land...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Phone:
1-416-212-6349
Website:
Board of Negotiation

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Frye Societies

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Frye Societies (CAEFS) is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Website:
http://www.caefs.ca/

Court Support Services Across Ontario

The Ontario government has a Victim Services Directory that helps abuse victims find programs and services in their communities. You can also talk to an information and referral counsellor...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Website:
http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/#results:m=TOPICS&q=S2

Criminal Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_criminal.asp If you have been charged with a criminal offence, and you have...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_criminal.asp

Criminal Law

This page on the Ministry of the Attorney General website provides links to services and information for victims, accused persons, witnesses, and sureties in criminal law cases. 
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/justice-ont/criminal_law.php

Domestic Violence Court Program

Ontario's Domestic Violence Court (DVC) program has specialized processes for domestic violence cases during the investigation and prosecution. Teams of specialized professionals work together to...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
416-314-2447
Website:
Find Victim Services in your Area

Domestic violence services

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario website at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_domesticviolence.asp Legal Aid Ontario has special family law services to help...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_domesticviolence.asp

Eviction Prevention Program, Western University

The Eviction Prevention Program offered through Western University offers assistance for people facing eviction for advice and information within the London region. 
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
1-519-661-3352
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_housing.asp

Family Court Support Worker Program

Family Court Support Workers provide direct support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process. A Family Court Support Worker will: provide information about the...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Phone:
1-888-579-2888
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/family_court_support_work...

Family Law Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_family.asp. If you need help with a family law issue such as child custody...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_family.asp

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

FLIC services are available in family courts across Ontario. At the FLIC you can find information about separation and divorce and related family law issues, family justice services, alternative...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
1-800-518-7901 (General Inquiries)
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/infoctr.php

Family Mediation Services

The following information on Family Mediation services is from the Ministry of the Attorney General: Family mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes where a trained mediator helps parties...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/divorce/mediation/

Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination. The Centre's services range from legal assistance...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Clinics - Specialty, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-597-4900
Website:
http://www.hrlsc.on.ca/

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The Tribunal's role in the human rights system in Ontario is to resolve applications concerning claims of discrimination made under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Phone:
416-326-1312
Website:
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/hrto/

Integrated Legal Services Office

The Integrated Legal Services Office is staffed with family lawyers and paralegals who can assist clients with retaining a lawyer experienced in the areas of custody, access, support, child...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
613-569-7448
Website:
Integrated Legal Services Office

John Howard Society of Ontario

The John Howard Society of Ontario helps people who have either been in trouble with the law or are at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. It is an organization of citizens who accept...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-408-4282
Website:
http://johnhoward.on.ca/

Kenora Family Law Office

The Kenora Family Law Office is staffed with family lawyers and paralegals who can assist clients with retaining a lawyer experienced in the areas of custody, access, support, child protection,...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
807-468-7790
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=family

Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

The purpose of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is to resolve disputes between residential landlords and tenants, and deal with eviction applications filed by non-profit housing co-...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
1-888-332-3234
Website:
Landlord and Tenant Board

Legal Aid Ontario Family Law Mediation Services

Family Mediation is a way of helping people resolve issues relating to parenting, separation, and/or divorce including custody of or access to children, child and/or spousal support and property...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/mediationservices.asp

Mental Health Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_mentalhealth.asp If you are appearing in mental health court on a criminal...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
General Toll-Free: 1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_mentalhealth.asp

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC) delivers and coordinates a range of legal services to members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). NALSC is owned by the First Nations of Nishnawbe...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
(807) 622-1413
Website:
http://www.nanlegal.on.ca

Office of the Independent Police Review Director

The goal of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is to provide an objective, impartial office to accept, process and oversee the investigation of public complaints against...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
416-246-7071
Website:
http://www.oiprd.on.ca

Ontario Court of Justice

The Ontario Court of Justice is the largest court in the country. They hear approximately 590,000 criminal charges, millions of provincial offences such as traffic tickets, and serve 25,000 families...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Website:
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of twenty-nine member Friendship Centres located in towns...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
(416) 956-7575
Website:
http://www.ofifc.org

Parole Board of Canada

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC), as part of the criminal justice system, makes independent, conditional release and pardon decisions and clemency recommendations. Through the victim's portal,...
Regions served:
Canada
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board.html

Partner Assault Response Programs

Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs, a component of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Court program, are specialized group educational/counselling services offered by community-based agencies to people...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/programs.php#partner

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario offers free programs 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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org/

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase access to justice for low-income Ontarians with civil, non-family, legal problems. PBLO develops special projects through law firms...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Legal Clinics - General Service, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org

Programs and Services for Victims of Crime

This page on the Ministry of the Attorney General website lists counselling, court support, and financial services for victims of crime and their families. It includes a directory of victim services...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/programs.php

Small Claims Court Duty Counsel services (Pro Bono Ontario)

Small Claims Court Duty Counsel is Pro Bono Ontario's free program to help people who have civil, non-family, matters at the Small Claims Court in Toronto and Ottawa. The program is designed for...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org/

Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT)

If your Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) assistance is refused, reduced, or cut off, you may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT). The SBT is like a...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
416-326-0978
Website:
http://www.sbt.gov.on.ca/

Supervised Access Centres

When parents separate, access visits with children may be a challenge. The Supervised Access Program helps separated families by providing a setting where access visits and exchanges can take place...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/supaccess.php

Tenant Duty Counsel

Tenant duty counsel (TDC) are lawyers and community legal workers who help tenants at most Landlord and Tenant Board locations. TDC priority is to help unrepresented tenants facing eviction on the...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-866-245-4182
Website:
http://www.acto.ca

The Ontario Community Justice Association

The Ontario Community Justice Association represents organizations that provide community justice services in Ontario. A downloadable directory of member agencies is available on the home page. 
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Website:
http://www.ocja.ca/

Thunder Bay Family Law Office

The Thunder Bay Family Law Office is staffed with family lawyers and paralegals who can assist clients with retaining a lawyer experienced in the areas of custody, access, support, child protection,...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
807-346-2950

Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Native Courtworker Program

There are three different Courtworkers provided through the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Native Courtworker Program. These are Criminal Courtworker, Family Courtworker and Combined...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services
Phone:
(807) 345-5840
Website:
https://tbifc.ca/program/courtworker-program/

Victim Services Directory

The Ontario government has a Victim Services Directory that helps abuse victims find programs and services in their communities. You can also talk to an information and referral counsellor...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/

Victim Services Toronto

Victim Services Toronto is a community based charity providing free and confidential assistance to victims of crime and sudden tragedy. Victim Services Toronto provides immediate on- site crisis,...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-808-7066
Website:
http://victimservicestoronto.com/

Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Available in court districts in Ontario, Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime, including children. The VWAP aims to...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/

Youth Justice Ontario

Youth Justice Ontario represents agencies that provide services to youth involved in the youth justice system in Ontario. Services range from prevention and early intervention programs, to custody...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Court and Tribunal Related Services
Website:
http://www.youthjusticeontario.ca/