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Youth criminal justice

Includes information pertaining to youth and police powers, stops and searches, questioning of suspects, and complaints against police.

What the clients may say:
  • "I‘m under 18 and have been charged with shoplifting."
  • "I’m worried I might not be able to go to college because I have a criminal record."
  • "I’m 17 years old and in a sexual relationship with someone who is 15."

Office of the Children's Lawyer

The Office of the Children's Lawyer represents children under the age of 18 in court cases involving custody and access and child protection, as well as in civil, and estates and trusts cases.

Record #: MET0854 Last Full Update: 11 Dec 2017
Names
Alternate Name MAG ; Ontario. Office of the Children's Lawyer
Former Name Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. Official Guardian Branch (1995)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
393 University Ave, 14th Fl
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
 
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Intersection University Ave and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms * braille and lowered elevator buttons * designated parking in lot, close to entrance
Description and Services
Description (Service) Personal Rights -- legal representation of children under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access matters under the Divorce Act and Children's Law Reform Act * legal representation of children and minor parents under the Child and Family Services Act, in child protection proceedings and Consent to Adoption matters * preparation of reports to the court under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access applications

Property Rights -- represents the child's interest in estate or trust matters * provides civil legal representation for the child when there is no one willing and able to do so
Hours Mon-Fri 8:45 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Children under 18 years in need of protective legal services in relation to personal and property rights * must be in court system already
Application Court referrals only
Languages English ; French
Service Categories Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ~ Youth ; Guardians ad Litem ~ Youth ; Legal Representation ~ Youth
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-314-8000
Fax 416-314-8050
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/ocl/
Primary Executive Marian Jacko, Children's Lawyer for Ontario

Ontario Civilian Police Commission

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) is an independent oversight agency tasked with ensuring that adequate and effective policing services are provided in a fair and accountable manner und

Record #: MET2757 Last Full Update: 05 Jun 2018
Names
Alternate Name Civilian Commission on Police Services ; Commission on Police Services ; Ministry of the Attorney General ; OCPC ; Safety Licencing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario ; SLASTO
Former Name Board of Inquiry (Police Services Act) (1998) ; Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services (2009)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
20 Dundas St W, Suite 530
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2
 
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Intersection Bay St and Dundas St W
Mailing Address Box 150 
77 Wellesley St W 
Toronto, ON M7A 1N3
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door ; Designated parking in underground lot and automatic entrance
Description and Services
Description (Service) Independent quasi-judicial civilian tribunal * functions separately from police * conducts hearings regarding appeals of police disciplinary penalties * conducts investigations and inquiries into the conduct of chiefs of police, police officers and members of police services boards * cases heard by 1-3 member panel * agency of Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General under Safety, Licencing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Application Call, email or mail
Languages English ; French
Service Categories Provincial Administrative Tribunals ~ Law Enforcement Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-314-3004
Toll Free Phone 1-888-515-5005
Fax Administration 416-314-0198, 1-888-311-7555
E-Mail SLASTOinfo@ontario.ca
Website www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/ocpc/pages/default.aspx
Primary Contact Celia Lieu, Manager of Operations, Registrar

Fetal Alcohol Resource Program

The Fetal Alcohol Resource Program aims to support the large numbers of people affected by this permanent brain injury.

Record #: OCR3815 Last Full Update: 30 Nov 2018
Names
Alternate Name Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa ; CitizenAdvocacy ; Citizens Advocacy ; FARP ; FASD ; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
 
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free visitor parking in lot * free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
Description (Service) Support for individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families * service/community navigation * education and community leadership development * training workshops * professional consultation * one-to-one support, counselling
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Eligibility No age restrictions in Ottawa * Children and youth only in Prescott Russell and Stormont, Dundas * Glengarry * individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families/caregivers * support workers and professionals
Application Self-referrals welcome * referral by friends, families, professionals accepted * contact a FASD Coordinator: Tanya Eichler, Janet Carioni, Nancy Lockwood, Maude Champagne, Pascal Gagné
Languages English ; French
Fees Service - minimal fee for longer workshops geared to supporting adults with FASD ; None - System navigation * workshops geared to supporting Children and Youth with FASD * one-hour workshops geared to supporting adults with FASD
Service Categories Disability Awareness Programs ~ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ; Leadership Development ~ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Waiting List No
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-761-9522 ext 234
Toll Free Phone 1-866-222-2138
TTY Phone 613-725-6175
E-Mail fasd@citizenadvocacy.org
Website www.citizenadvocacy.org/fetal-alcohol-resource-program/
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Primary Contact FASD Coordinators
Primary Executive Brian Tardif, Executive Director; Phone: 613-761-9522; Email: btardif@citizenadvocacy.org
Other Details
Funding City / Town ; Grants ; Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 130362817 RR0001 ; United Way
Resources Website

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Record #: OCR1063 Last Full Update: 23 May 2018
Names
Alternate Name Centre d'information juridique d'Ottawa ; Community Legal Centre ; Legal Clinic ; Legal Information & Referral Services ; OLIC
Former Name Ottawa Legal Information Centre (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
85 Albert St, Unit 1400
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A4
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Albert St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Partially Accessible - entrance only * braille elevator
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Legal information and referral services offered on a confidential basis * all areas of law * 30 minute meeting with a lawyer, who can offer legal information * referral service to specialized resources in the province * help to determine the required legal forms * offers pamphlets, resources and information tools prepared by various legal organizations * commissioning of affidavits and notary public services * offers access to a computer  
 
The Centre does not provide legal advice or legal assistance
Hours Mon 1 pm-4 pm * Tue-Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Wed 5 pm-7 pm, by appointment only * Fri 9 am-12 noon
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Drop in or call * with or without an appointment * to make an appointment, contact the reception by telephone and ask to add your name to the call back list (the call will be returned within seven business days) 
 
Commissioning of affidavits and notary public services: bring printed documents and two identification documents along with you
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ~ Legal Issues ; Crime Victim Accompaniment Services ; Legal Information Services ; Notary Public Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-842-7462
Toll Free Phone 1-844-343-7462
Fax 613-842-8389
Website legalinfocentre.ca/
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Mrs Jocelyne Grzela, Administration and Reception, Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario; Phone: 613-842-7462 ext 221; Email: jgrzela@ajefo.ca
Primary Executive Miss Alexandra Waite, Assistant Executive Director, Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario; Phone: 613-842-7462 ext 227; Email: awaite@ajefo.ca
Other Details
Funding Federal - Department of Justice
Print Material Pamphlets * promotional leaflets * posters
Resources Website * access to a computer and Internet * print bilingual legal resources

JusticeNet

Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate.

Record #: OCR2976 Last Full Update: 02 Aug 2018
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Thornhill
Address & Map
8185 Yonge St, Suite 213
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
 
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Intersection Yonge St and Royal Orchard Blvd
Physical Access Not Applicable - No direct access for clients
Description and Services
Description (Service) Non-profit organization * links individuals seeking legal advice that are unable to obtain legal advice due to high cost or due to their ineligibility to obtain Legal Aid, with legal professionals that have agreed to work for reduced hourly fees * referrals to lawyers, paralegals and mediators * see website for a detailed description of the fee structure
Hours Mon-Fri 10 am-3 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals residing in or seeking advice about an issue within Ontario, with an annual net family income below $60,000, and not eligible for Legal Aid
Application Visit website for online directory of lawyers, mediators, and paralegals * income eligibility assessment required prior to receiving legal services at reduced rates
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees Service - sliding scale depending on net family income and number of dependents, see website for details
Service Categories Legal Assistance Referral Services ; Paralegal Counselling
Contact Information
Fax 416-479-0829
E-Mail info@justicenet.ca
Website www.justicenet.ca
Other Details
Funding Fees
Resources Website

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Justice for Children & Youth

(Toronto) Represents & advocates for youth re:  welfare, education, Children’s Aid, getting off the street, family matters, and criminal law,

Record #: MET0177 Last Full Update: 16 Aug 2018
Names
Alternate Name Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law ; Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law ; JFCY ; Street Youth Legal Services ; SYLS
Notes
Public Comments Accepts collect calls
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, 15th Fl
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Elevator with braille features
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community legal clinic * legal representation in the areas of residential care, education, criminal matters, child welfare, human rights and constitutional law, financial assistance or support * legal information and assistance to youth, professionals and community groups * also to parents for education issues only * community development and outreach * advocacy * public resource centre * seminars * accepts collect calls * funded by Legal Aid Ontario

Street Youth Legal Services (SYLS) -- legal advice and outreach to street-involved youth at shelters and youth services
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Children and youth 17 years and under * their parents only for special education matters * must meet financial eligibility guidelines * clients must sign retainer * Street Youth Legal Services -- homeless youth 16-24 years
Application By telephone only
Languages English ; Interpretive Services
Fees Services -- free * clients may be required to pay court costs
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; General Legal Aid ~ Youth ; Legal Counselling ~ Youth ; Legal Information Services ~ Youth Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Youth ; School System Advocacy ; Street Outreach Programs ~ Youth ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-920-1633
Toll Free Phone 1-866-999-5329 ; 1-866-999-JFCY
Fax 416-920-5855
E-Mail info@jfcy.org
Website www.jfcy.org
Primary Contact Karien Gibson, Office Manager
Primary Executive Mary Birdsell, Executive Director

Ottawa Community Youth Diversion Program

Provides youth & family with immediate intervention and on-going support and mediates with all persons involved to resolve on-going conflicts.

Record #: OCR2590 Last Full Update: 12 Mar 2018
Names
Alternate Name OCYDP
Former Name Preventative Intervention Programme
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Confederation Education Centre
1645 Woodroffe Ave, Rm 16
Ottawa, ON K2G 0C4
 
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Intersection Woodroffe Ave and W Hunt Club Rd
Mailing Address c/o Tom Scholberg 
2825 Dumaurier Ave 
Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable. Bus stop 1683, served by routes 94 and 95.
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking available at Confederation Education Centre or behind Nepean Sportsplex
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community-based program meant to improve the manner in which the community deals with youth aged 12 to 17 years who are in conflict with the law and are eligible for Extrajudicial Measures (EJM) and Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS) as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), 2003.  
 
Designed to encourage greater accountability and address criminogenic needs. Program features an intake assessment protocol that ensures the level of intervention is tied to risk, need and responsiveness. Program elements ensure that interventions focus on eliminating the root causes of offending behaviour(s).
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s) 
 
Boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17
Application Police referrals for Extrajudicial Measures (EJM) only * Crown and Probation referrals for Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS) only
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Juvenile Diversion ; Juvenile/Youth Delinquency Diversion Counselling
Waiting List Short waiting period
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-226-4997
Fax 613-226-7370
Website www.bgcottawa.org
Primary Contact Tom Scholberg, Manager; Phone: 613-297-6202; Email: tscholberg@bgcottawa.org
Alternate Contact Ruth Britto, Team Lead; Phone: 613-226-4997 ext 22; Email: rbritto@bgcottawa.org
Other Details
Established 1924; Program: 1975
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 118814565 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website
Accreditation No

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bo
Record #: OCR1041 Last Full Update: 01 Nov 2018
Names
Alternate Name SLASS (Student Legal Aid) ; Student Legal Aid Services Society
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
17 Copernicus St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters * daily parking passes * free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
Description (Service) Student Legal Aid Services Society clinic * staffed by students and supervised by lawyers * provides legal services to low-income members of the community. 
 
Provides legal advice and representation on: Family law (including custody, access, support, restraining orders) * Tenant law (including repairs, rent deposits, Small Claims Court, evictions) * Criminal charges (including drug offences, theft, assault, mischief, some provincial offences) * Serious matters under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act  
 
Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 
 
Conducts legal education presentations, participates in a variety of outreach activities for students and many community organizations.
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * drop-in hours (Cancelled until Feb 28 2019, usually Mon, Wed 7 pm-9 pm) * Thu 2 pm-4 pm * closed for exams and training, please call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Recipients of social assistance, low-income citizens and full-time undergraduate students of University of Ottawa and Carleton University whose problems fall within the areas of the clinic's jurisdiction and Legal Aid Ontario.
Application Apply in person
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Counselling ~ Abused Women ; Legal Counselling ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legal Counselling ~ College/University Students ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Sexually Abused Adults ; Legal Counselling ~ Women ; Legal Information Services ; Tenant Rights Information/Counselling
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-562-5600
Fax 613-562-5602
Website commonlaw.uottawa.ca/community-legal-clinic/
Primary Executive Louise Toone, Director; Email: louise.toone@uottawa.ca
Other Details
Established 1848
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities * Legal Aid Ontario ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 119278877 RR0001 ; Fees ; University of Ottawa
Elections The Board of Governors is appointed.
Print Material Written material on legal issues * landlord-tenant rights * consumer protection * small claims * lecture series
Resources Website
Accreditation Yes, by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

Provides legal aid services to eligible persons. Eligibility is based on financial, and legal factors.

Record #: MET0601 Last Full Update: 13 Dec 2018
Names
Alternate Name LAO ; Ontario Legal Aid
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
Atrium on Bay
40 Dundas St W, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5G 2H1
 
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Intersection Bay St and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance - all street entrances except 40 Dundas St ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door ; Designated parking in underground lot - automatic entrance ; Lowered service counter
Description and Services
Description (Service) Free legal information, advice and other services

Legal Aid Certificates -- reimburses participating lawyers for services rendered on behalf of client * client may have to agree to repay all or part of legal fees * financial assessment required * only granted for serious legal matters such as criminal, family or immigration and refugee law

Duty Counsel -- provides legal representation for low-income people appearing in court without a lawyer * advice and information * criminal, family and tenant cases * mental health duty counsel for persons living in psychiatric facilities

Community Legal Clinics -- nonprofit independent and specialty legal centres funded by Legal Aid Ontario -- see separate entries * legal assistance in areas such as housing law, social assistance and other income support programs * client may be asked to contribute towards disbursements

Family Law Service Centres (FLSC) -- range of legal resources and support for family matters -- see separate entries * located in Toronto Central, Toronto North, Newmarket, Brampton, Chatham and Sarnia * Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) -- advice lawyer * located at certain courts

Refugee Law Office -- legal assistance to refugee claimants and immigrants eligible for legal aid * see separate entry

LawFacts, www.lawfacts.ca -- online legal information
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Persons with low incomes * see below for specific services available to those accepted for legal certificate
Application Call for information and certificate application -- including summary legal advice for eligible clients
Languages English ; simultaneous interpretation available for 200 languages, including 18 Aboriginal languages and dialects
Service Categories Benefits Screening ~ Legal Issues ; Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Duty Counsel ; General Legal Aid ; Internet Information Resources ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-979-1446
Toll Free Phone Ontario-wide 1-800-668-8258 * free from any pay phone, collect calls accepted
TTY Phone 416-598-8867 * toll-free 1-866-641-8867
Fax 416-979-8669
E-Mail info@lao.on.ca
Website www.legalaid.on.ca
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