If you don't qualify for representation by a legal aid lawyer, you may still be eligible for our legal advice services, including duty counsel.
Our free services include:
- Duty counsel (lawyers at Provincial courthouses who provide advice about criminal charges, court procedures, and legal rights)
- Brydges Line (toll-free telephone service for people arrested, detained, and under investigation)
- Advice counsel (lawyers who provide telephone advice to people in custody awaiting a bail hearing)
Family law and child protection
COVID-19 NOTICE: Family duty counsel and family advice lawyer services are only offered by phone at this time. Lawyers will not be at courthouses.
- Duty counsel (lawyers at courthouses who provide advice to people representing themselves in court on family law and child protection matters, and guide them to fill out their forms)
- Advice lawyers (lawyers at Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres who provide advice about parenting time, support, agreements, and child protection matters to people going through a separation or divorce)
- Family LawLINE (telephone service where family lawyers provide advice about parenting time, support, agreements, and child protection matters)
- Duty counsel (lawyers who provide advice for people in detention at the CBSA's enforcement centre)
To find out if you qualify for legal advice, see Do I qualify for legal advice?