Legal aid is available through the certificate program. A legal aid certificate allows you to receive advice and representation from a private lawyer.
Clients can apply for certificates by calling LAO’s Client Service Centre. The toll free number is: 1-800-668-8258 and press 0
No coins are required from a payphone and LAO accepts collect calls. This service is offered in 120 languages. Clients must be legally and financially eligible for legal aid services.
Duty Counsel are lawyers assigned to courts to provide free assistance to persons who do not have a lawyer. Look for the duty counsel office at your courthouse.
In family courts, duty counsel can give advice, review documents, represent clients in some motions and hearings and assist with settlement negotiations.
Superior Court of Justice (Family Court)
55 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON, L8P 2Z3
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (day of hearing only)