Services in Ontario - Criminal law
Ontario Paralegal Association
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Criminal Law Services
Contact InformationPhone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 711
During the COVID-19 situation, LAO is offering more telephone support. Call LAO’s summary advice line at 1-800-668-8258 for more information.
LAO has services for people who have been charged with a crime. This includes:
- a free summary advice line that can give you up to 20 minutes of information and general advice about your criminal law matter
- criminal duty counsel who can give you free legal advice if you don’t have a lawyer on the day of your hearing
- a legal aid certificate program if you have a low income and if your legal issue is one that LAO covers
Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO)
Contact InformationPhone 613-842-7462
AJEFO is a group of legal professionals who promote access to justice in French. AJEFO’s services to the public include:
- the Ontario Legal Information Centre, which offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer by telephone or in person at their Ottawa office in any area of law in English and French
- CliquezJustice.ca, which has legal information on many legal topics
- a member directory, where you can search for a legal professional by location and area of law
Law Society Referral Service
The Law Society of Ontario has on online Law Society Referral Service that gives you the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give free legal advice for up to 30 minutes in any area of law.
If you can’t wait for a legal representative to call you back, or if you don’t have a call-back number, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you’re in crisis or in custody, call 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Ontario Legal Information Centre
Contact InformationPhone 613-842-7462 Toll-free 1-844-343-7462
The Ontario Legal Information Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone in Ontario by telephone or in person at their Ottawa office in English or French. They can provide legal information in any legal topic, and referrals to services. You have to leave a message and a lawyer will call you back.
Law Society of Ontario – Lawyer and Paralegal Directory
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit organization that can help people find legal services when their income is too high for legal aid and too low to afford legal fees. Their website has a list of lawyers, paralegals, and mediators who charge reduced fees based on your income and the size of your family. You must register and pay a small fee to use their services.