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Legal Aid Ontario

Northwestern Ontario - Criminal Duty Counsel

  • Provides immediate legal assistance to individuals appearing in court without a lawyer
  • Informs individuals about legal rights, obligations and the court process
  • Provides assistance in the courtroom for bail hearings and sentencing
  • Assists with diversions, guilty pleas and adjournments
  • Helps determine if further duty counsel services are required or if the matter requires Legal Aid Ontario's assistance in retaining a lawyer
May provide assistance in specialized courts including:
  • Aboriginal persons (Gladue) court
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug treatment
  • Mental health
Note: Criminal Duty Counsel cannot assist with trials
Hours of Operation
0830 - 1400
0830 - 1200
0830 - 1400
0830 - 1600
0830 - 1200

Mon, Wed 8:30 am-2 pm * Tue, Fri 8:30 am-12 noon * Thu 8:30 am-4 pm
Must meet income criteria
Application Process
Call the application line or apply through the website
Documents Required
Proof of income, any documents related to the legal case
Fully accessible
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
Agency Information
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
June 17, 2021