Getting legal help

LawFacts is a free online legal information resource for individuals with questions about both refugee and criminal law in Ontario.

Criminal matters

Criminal LawFacts provides information on topics such as:

  • making your first appearance in criminal court
  • bail
  • being a Surety
  • diversion
  • pleading guilty
  • sentencing

Refugee matters

Refugee LawFacts provides information on topics such as:

  • How to start a claim
  • Where to find legal help
  • Timelines for your claim
  • Completing your Basis of Claim (BOC) form
  • Documents for your hearing
  • Links to useful information and resources

Is LawFacts for me?

LawFacts is written for individuals who are not familiar with the refugee claims or the criminal justice system. You can browse the site by topic, or search for information by entering a phrase to describe your situation. There’s also a glossary of legal terms that can help you understand what’s being said in court.

LawFacts does not provide legal advice, and is not designed as a substitute for advice from your lawyer or duty counsel. It will, however, help you understand the refugee system and provide you with important resources and information.

LawFacts continues to expand, so be sure to check back from time to time for additional information and resources.