Legal Information

If you are arrested for a minor offence, and it is your first offence, you may be eligible for a diversion program (available for both youth and adults), which allows the charge to be withdrawn upon successful completion of an agreed sanction. Contact the services below for youth offenders to get more info.

On the other hand, if you wish to take legal action against another individual, these resources can provide you with your rights, and help point you in the right direction.

Ontario Human Rights Commission
http://www.ohrc.on.ca

Conducts public inquiries * may initiate applications or intervene in cases before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Policy development, research and analysis. Public education and training. Reports to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Working Together — e-learning training video for public, private and not-for-profit sectors towards completing Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) requirements

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/infoctr.php

COVID19 Phone appointments only

The Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) is for clients considering family court action. FLIC provides resources and services for people in the process of separation and divorce. Completion of forms, information on legal services and the legal system, family disputes and legal advice provided

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/index.php

COVID19 Virtual appointments. Call 519-273-8120 Wed morning to leave name and contact information. You will be called back with appointment time for Wed afternoon

The Family Law Information Clinic (FLIC) is for clients considering family court action. FLIC provides resources and services for people in the process of separation and divorce, completion of forms, information on legal services and the legal system, family disputes. Sign up Wed morning for legal advice provided Wednesday afternoons

Legal Aid Ontario
http://www.legalaid.on.ca

COVID19 – During COVID19 staff and per-diems will not attend physical courthouses until further notice.
Legal Aid has created a number of online resource in response to COVID19: COVID19 legal aid services for clients, Legal Information resources for general public, HERE for immigrant and refugee resources and FAQ. Messages may be left. Calls returned

Legal Aid for Ontario residents with low income: criminal, family disputes, immigration, refugee hearings, adjournment, pleas, applications for bail, submissions as to sentence, young offenders, certificate program, private lawyers, staff lawyer, duty counsel

Family Law Information Clinic (FLIC) – Thursday afternoons – call court services at 519 524-2990 ex 327 to book appointment

Ontario. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

COVID19 Office Closed but services provided remotely by calling Lori Cunningham at 519-378-8760.

Youth who appear under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Court of Justice (Youth Court). Prepares pre-sentencing reports. Enforces court orders. Provides community resources for young offenders. Enforces custody orders. Enforces probation orders. Community service orders. Community service work programs.

Law Society of Ontario
http://www.lsrs.info

Online referral service — www.findlegalhelp.ca * telephone referrals for those in crisis or without internet access only * referrals made to participating lawyer/paralegal * lawyers/paralegals will provide up to one free half hour of consultation by telephone or in person * fees for subsequent consultation or any legal work are negotiated with the lawyer/paralegal * Law Society Lawyer and Paralegal Directory — www2.lsuc.on.ca/LawyerParalegalDirectory/ * does not provide legal advice

Ontario. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

COVID19 Office Closed. Services are being offered via phone.

  • Young offender case management and supervision
  • Age 12-18 years sentenced by Justice System
  • Probation
  • Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic
    http://www.huronperthlegalclinic.ca

    COVID19 operating over phone and EMAIL

  • Free legal services
  • Representation
  • Legal advice on Ontario Works
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Landlord and Tenant matters
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability/ODSP
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Referrals
  • Low income
  • Consumer protection
  • confidential

    OUTREACH clinics – by appointment only – check website for details
    Clinton at 60 Mary St.
    Listowel 230 Main St. W.
    Wingham at 152 Josephine St.
    Every Thu in Exeter at 349 Main St. – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic
    http://www.huronperthlegalclinic.ca

    COVID19 operating over phone and EMAIL

  • Free legal services
  • Representation
  • Legal advice on Ontario Works
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Landlord and Tenant matters
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability/ODSP
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Referrals
  • Low income
  • Confidential
  • Free confidential sessions

    OUTREACH clinics – by appointment only – check website for details
    Clinton at 60 Mary St.
    Listowel at 230 Main St. W.
    Wingham at 152 Josephine St.
    Every Thu in Exeter at 349 Main St.
    Goderich office at 44 North St – open Mon-Wed and Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • CLEO
    http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/consumer-law/collection-agencies

    Website that contains information relating to collection agencies

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

    COVID19 After hours response line continues to be available 519-274-2848. Visitors encouraged to phone rather than visit office. If case manager responds in person to a client situation, symptom screening will take place. The response by CMHA staff may not be the assigned case manager. Toll-free 1-888-875-2944 and dial 0 for reception

    Advocates with and provides programs and services for people with mental disorders. Enhances, maintains and promotes the mental health of all individuals.

    Services include: community support programs including case management, concurrent disorders and court support services, peer support programs, family support programs, education, volunteering and supported housing program.

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

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