Services in Ontario - Indigenous rights

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Criminal Law Services

Website

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_criminal.asp

Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY TTY (teletypewriter) – Use Bell’s Relay Service: 1 800 855 0511

During the COVID-19 situation, LAO is offering more telephone support. Call for more information.

LAO has services for people who have been charged with a crime. This includes:

  • criminal duty counsel who can give you free legal advice if you don’t have a lawyer on the day of your hearing
  • a free summary advice line that lets you talk to a lawyer for up to 20 minutes to get information and general advice about your criminal law matter.
  • a legal aid certificate program if you have a low income and if your legal issue is one that LAO covers

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Legal aid certificates

Website

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/will-legal-aid-pay-for-my-lawyer/

Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY TTY (teletypewriter) – Use Bell’s Relay Service: 1 800 855 0511

If you get a legal aid certificate, this means that LAO pays a lawyer to work for you. To get a certificate you must show that you have a low income by giving information about your income, property, and savings.

And, your legal issue must be one that LAO covers. You may get a certificate for some legal issues about:

  • domestic violence
  • family law
  • criminal law
  • immigration law
  • refugee law

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Criminal duty counsel

Website

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/duty-counsel/

Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY TTY (teletypewriter) – Use Bell’s Relay Service: 1 800 855 0511

During the COVID-19 situation, duty counsel services are being provided by phone. Call LAO’s summary advice line at 1-800-668-8258 for more information.

Criminal duty counsel give free legal advice to people who don’t have a lawyer on the day of their hearing. Criminal duty counsel are paid for by Legal Aid Ontario and work in most courts in Ontario. If they aren’t in court, they’ll have an office nearby.

Duty counsel usually can’t represent you at your trial, but they may be able to:

  • help with a pre-trial meeting
  • give information and advice
  • help you find out if you qualify for a legal aid certificate

Inside the courtroom, they can:

  • give information to the court for you
  • reschedule your hearing if you appear without a lawyer
  • tell the court what’s going on with your case when they reschedule it

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS)

Website

https://www.aboriginallegal.ca/

Contact Information

Phone 416-408-3967 Toll-free 1-844-633-2886

In Toronto, ALS provides Indigenous court workers and the Community Council diversion program. They also write Gladue reports in various locations in Ontario. They don’t provide criminal lawyers to represent you in court. Outside of Toronto, there are other Indigenous organizations that offer support to Indigenous people charged with a crime.

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