Legal Aid Ontario

Site: Ottawa Court House

Service: Duty Counsel

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Contact Information
Office Phone 613-238-7931
Toll Free Phone 1-800-668-8258
Fax Duty Counsel (Family) 613-239-0432
Address & Map
161 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Service) Lawyers available to give immediate legal assistance to people who appear in court without a lawyer * assists with criminal or family law issues * referrals to other legal aid services 
Family duty counsel: advice about legal rights, obligations and the court process * help to negotiate and settle issues * help to review or prepare court documents to be filed * assistance in the courtroom with child protection hearings; garnishment and support hearings; requesting adjournments; arguing motions; hearings for issues such as custody, access, or support where the issues are not complicated 
Criminal duty counsel: advice about legal rights, obligations and the court process * assistance in the courtroom for bail hearings and sentencing * assistance with diversion, guilty pleas and adjournments * may also provide assistance in specialized courts such as mental health, drug treatment, domestic violence and Aboriginal persons (Gladue) court
Hours Irregular, call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Individuals with a low income who have their court date and time and who cannot afford legal services * youth charged with a criminal offense * gross family income must be below: 
* $22,720 for households with one family member 
* $32,131 for households with two family members 
* $39,137 for households with three family members 
* $45,440 for households with four family members 
* $50,803 for households with five family members or more
Application Drop in on the day of the court date before the scheduled court appearance * it is recommended to come at least 30 minutes before court starts * bring all documents, inlcuding the disclosure
Languages English ; French
Fees None
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Other Details
Funding Provincial
Date Updated 21 Sep 2017
Service Categories Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Duty Counsel

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