Getting legal help
Criminal legal issues
We may pay for your lawyer if you qualify and if:
- you have been charged with a crime that could send you to jail if you are found guilty, or
- you are between 12 and 17 years old, and you have been charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
We also may be able to help you the day you are in court if you qualify, and do not have a lawyer. The court lawyer (called duty counsel) can:
- advise you on your rights and the court process
- ask to delay your court date
- represent you at a bail hearing
- help with a guilty plea
- make a submission at a sentencing hearing
- have a resolution meeting with the Crown
- refer you to other legal aid services
The duty counsel at the court is your lawyer for that day only. If you have to go to court more than once, you may speak to a different duty counsel each time.
Can Legal Aid Ontario help me with my charge?
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Criminal Code charge search
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Research and resources
- Legal Resources
A list of Law Society resources and other organizations that provide legal information and services in Ontario.
- A Guide to Law in Ontario: Criminal Law
Steps to Justice: questions and answers for accused persons going to criminal court.
- General Criminal Trial Court Info Guide
A guide that provides accused person with general information about criminal trials. (Click here for PDF version)
- General Criminal Law Information
A resource on the Ministry of the Attorney General website that provides information on Criminal Law in Ontario.