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Lakehead University Community Legal Services

Free Legal Clinic

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Description
Law students, under the direct supervision of licensed lawyers, provide free legal advice and representation to low income earners who cannot afford to pay for legal services

Provides services in the following areas:
  • Minor criminal offences such as common assault, theft under $5000, and mischief to property under $5000,
  • Provincial and traffic offences such as trespass to property, careless driving, speeding tickets, driving with no insurance, and driving under suspended licence
  • Small Claims Court and Civil disputes under $35,000
  • Tenant rights and applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board
  • Simple wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Employment law
  • Applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Beginning September 2021, free immigration and refugee law services will be offered
Comments
  • Legal aid services are provided by second and third year students of Lakehead's Faculty of Law under the supervision of a directing lawyer
  • Open year round. Closed between December 25 - January 1st for the holiday season. Acceptance of applications may be limited during university down times such as Reading week and exam periods.
Eligibility
  • Residents of Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Marathon, Schreiber, Municipality of Greenstone and Fort William First Nation
  • Income level as per the Legal Aid Ontario criteria and the nature of the legal issue will be assessed

Individuals are eligible if they receive one of the following:
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Old Age Security with Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Veteran's benefits
  • Workplace Safety Insurance Board benefits which are temporary or threatened
Application Process
  • Call to apply
  • Intake interviews are done by appointment only
Toll Free
1-833-503-7815
Office
807-346-7815
Fax
807-345-2815
Web Site
https://www.lakeheadu.ca/programs/departments/law/clinic
Email
legalservices.law@lakeheadu.ca
Languages
English, Interpretive Services - available by telephone for clients who do not speak English
Fees
None ; Does not charge for legal services; clients may be responsible for disbursements such as court filing fees
Documents Required
Proof of income is required
Accessibility
Not Accessible ; Not yet accessible - Contact office in advance for wheelchair accessibility accommodation -- entrance to the main clinic requires climbing three steps
Legal Status
(30) Provincial Government
Topic(s)
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Copyright
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
March 30, 2022
Address
401 Red River Rd, Suite PA1001
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 1B4
Located in the PACI Faculty of Law building on Red River Rd
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Hours of Operation
Mon
0900 - 1700
Tue
0900 - 1700
Wed
0900 - 1700
Thu
0900 - 1700
Fri
0900 - 1700

Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Service Area(s)
  • Fort William First Nation
  • Greenstone
  • Marathon
  • Nipigon
  • Schreiber
  • Thunder Bay