December 4: Role of the lawyer in the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Thunder Bay

November 28, 2018

Information from Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre: Earlier this fall we hosted an OCL session highlighting the role of the clinician within the OCL; this time we will focus on the role of the Lawyer in the OCL. As we learned from the first session, their roles are completely different. No need to have attended PART 1 to participate in this session.

  • How does an OCL lawyer become involved in a family law case / child protection case?
  • What is the role of an OCL lawyer? Who oversees their work?
  • Why might a clinician AND a lawyer be assigned to the same case? How do they interact? What is the difference in their roles?
  • What is the process/timeline once an OCL lawyer is involved?
  • Can a child "fire" their lawyer or request a change of solicitor?
  • Does an OCL lawyer receive specialized training? Are they trained in the dynamics of family violence?   Are family histories of violence &/or control taken into account?
  • What happens if OCL recommendations put children at risk? Is there an appeals process?
  • Who decides what is in the best interest of the child?
  • Time for questions and Discussion.
Event Information:

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Waverley Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay P7B 1A9

To reserve a seat: Reservations required: (807) 345-7802 or

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