Can I have my family law trial in French?

4. Find a French lawyer

Here are some ways to find a lawyer who speaks French:

The Association of French-Speaking Jurists of Ontario

The Association des juristes d’expression française (AJEFO) has a directory of French-speaking lawyers. You can search the directory by name, area of law, and city.

Law Society of Ontario Directory

The Law Society of Ontario has a Directory of all lawyers and paralegals licensed to practise law in Ontario. You can search the directory by name, area of law, city, or postal code. You can also search by whether services are offered in French.

Student Legal Aid Clinics

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funds legal clinics provided by students in Ontario’s law schools. Volunteer law students are supervised by full-time lawyers. These clinics are usually only offered to low-income clients who live in the area where the clinic is located. The University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic through the University of Ottawa is bilingual.

JusticeNet

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit organization that helps people access legal services when their income is too high to qualify for legal aid but too low to afford legal fees. If your net family income is less than $59,000, they will refer you to a directory of lawyers and paralegals who provide help at reduced rates depending on income.

You must register and pay a fee to use the website. This fee may be returned to you if you do not find a professional to work with.

Ontario Family law Limited Scope Services Project

The Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project has a directory of lawyers that provide unbundled services. This means you can hire a lawyer to help with one part of your family law case. For example, the lawyer might:

  • research a legal question
  • prepare a court document
  • go to court with you for one step of your case, such as a case conference or motion

You can search by lawyer name, location, service type, and language.

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