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Office of the Children’s Lawyer

The Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) is the government-funded office that represents children under the age of 18 in some court cases.

They are not automatically involved in all custody and access court cases. The OCL has to agree to accept your case. The OCL has clinicians and lawyers across Ontario. OCL clinicians, who are usually social workers, prepare custody and access reports about a child’s needs, views, and wishes. OCL lawyers represent children in court.

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