Can I have my Small Claims Court trial in French?

5. Get more information

Here are some places that offer free information and referrals in French:

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funds 4 regional clinics to provide Francophone legal advice lines. These give free legal information and advice in French to people living in those areas on legal matters other than family law and criminal law. These are:

  • Northern Ontario through the Sudbury Community Legal Clinic:
    • Toll free: 1-877—2847 (1-87 POUR AVIS)
    • Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Northern Ontario includes:
      • Sudbury-Manitoulin
      • Algoma
      • Kenora
      • Nipissing
      • Timiskaming
      • Orillia
      • Simcoe
      • Cochrane
      • Rainy River
      • Thunder Bay
      • Barrie
      • Parry Sound
      • Kawartha Lakes
  • Eastern Ontario through Vanier Community Service Centre
    • Call toll free: 1-877-500-4508
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Eastern Ontario includes:
      • Belleville
      • Cornwall
      • Ottawa
      • Peterborough
      • Sharbot Lake
      • Cobourg
      • Kingston
      • Perth
      • Renfrew
  • Greater Toronto Area through the Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto 
    • Call toll free: 1-877-966-7345
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Greater Toronto Area includes:
      • Toronto
      • Halton
      • Durham
      • Peel
      • York
  • Southwestern Ontario through the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic
    • Call toll free: 1-855-9716
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Southwestern Ontario includes:
      • Essex
      • Middlesex
      • Bruce
      • Brant
      • Norfolk
      • Huron
      • Perth
      • Kent
      • Elgin
      • Grey
      • Haldimand
      • Niagara
      • Waterloo Region
      • Guelph/Wellington
      • Lambton
      • Oxford
      • Dufferin

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario helps people with low incomes with cases in Small Claims Court. In Ottawa and Toronto, Pro Bono Ontario provides duty counsel lawyers at Small Claims Court. Duty counsel lawyers give advice and can sometimes help you represent yourself in court.

Pro Bono Ontario also has a legal advice hotline at 1-855-255-7256. You can get up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and help about Small Claims Court.

The Ontario Legal Information Centre phone line

The Ontario Legal Information Centre offers 30 minutes of free legal information and advice about any area of law in French or English. Call 1-844-343-7462. You may have to leave a message, and a lawyer will call you back.

Law Society Referral Service

The Law Society of Ontario has a Law Society Referral Service. This online service gives you the name of a lawyer in your area who can talk to you for up to 30 minutes for free. You can ask for a lawyer or paralegal who speaks French.

You don't have to hire the lawyer you get referred to. But you can't ask for a second referral for the same legal problem.

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