Getting legal help

You are person who identifies as First Nation, Métis or Inuit

Legal Aid Ontario puts people who are Aboriginal at the front of the line for many services. This means that if you are an Aboriginal person, it is important that you tell your lawyer or the lawyer in court (duty counsel) that you identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit, so they can give you advice and represent you based on the areas of law that deal with Aboriginal circumstances or rights.

LAO has also expanded legal aid services to people who self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit who are financially eligible as follows:

Children’s Aid is launching a child protection proceeding and...

...you, a grandparent or other member of that child’s Aboriginal home community, want to take care of the child yourself

Children’s Aid is launching a child protection proceeding that will place a child in foster care as a ward of the state. But you, a grandparent or other member of that child’s Aboriginal home community, want to take care of the child yourself. Ontario has laws — set out in the Child and Family Services Act — that recognize the importance of Aboriginal children’s heritage and culture. These laws also recognize the key role of the extended family and community involvement in children’s lives. This means you may be able to hire a lawyer to help you keep the child and also allow the child to stay in the care of grandparents, aunts, uncles or other possible caregivers in your home community. The lawyer will help you develop a “plan of care,” to show Children’s Aid how you will take care of the child.

...you want to stay out of (and keep your children out of) court proceedings and want to

You are a survivor of domestic violence who has been charged criminally for the first time after defending yourself against an abusive partner.

You are in jail, waiting a decision on bail or being denied bail

You may be eligible for a lawyer to help you get out of jail while you wait for a trial or bail hearing:

You need the help of a family lawyer and one or more of these applies to you

Questions

Call us toll-free at 1-800-668-8258.