Information about legal referrals is available on a number of websites. While the Court cannot offer advice in this regard, we are pleased to provide some resource information.
The Ministry of the Attorney General provides some basic information on finding a lawyer or a paralegal.
Lawyer Referral Service: The Lawyer Referral Service is operated by the Law Society of Ontario and will give you the name of a lawyer within or near your community, who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.
Lawyer and Paralegal Directory: The Lawyer and Paralegal Directory, also provided by the Law Society of Ontario , allows you to search for lawyers and paralegals by name, city or postal code.
Legal aid clinics: Legal advice or representation may also be available at your local community legal aid clinic, or from law students at a student legal aid services clinic at a law school. Each clinic and law school has its own guidelines for accepting clients, so you should contact them directly. To find a legal aid clinic near you, go to: contact information page.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides low-income people with a range of legal services, such as:
- duty counsel;
- information, referral, and advice through the toll-free telephone service and from LAO staff in courthouses;
- summary legal advice;
- community legal clinics;
- representation by a lawyer through the certificate program.