Getting legal help Criminal law

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

If youre going to criminal court for the first time, have a loved-one who has been arrested, or simply want to know more about criminal law, this website is for you.

If you are looking for Legal Aid Ontarios (LAO) Refugee LawFacts, click here.

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 justice system so that you can make more informed choices about your next step.

What topics does LawFacts cover?

Criminal LawFacts provides information on topics such as:

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

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

Is LawFacts for me?

LawFacts is written for individuals who are not familiar with the criminal justice system. You can browse the site by topic, or search for information by entering a phrase to describe your situation. There is also a glossary of legal terms that might help you better understand what is being said in court, as well as a library of forms and checklists that can help you prepare for your next steps.

What if I have a question about family law?

Currently, LawFacts covers criminal and refugee law information. If you have a family law question, please refer to our Family Law Information Program (FLIP). However, keep checking LawFacts in the coming months as LAO is looking to expand the site to include family law information.