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Rights when dealing with police


Includes information about police powers, stops and searches, questioning of suspects, and complaints against police.

What the clients may say:
  • "I was arrested and was not given an interpreter, so I didn’t understand why I was being held."

Legal Services

African Canadian Legal Clinic

Specialty test case litigation clinic focusing on systemic racial discrimination, public education, and individual, community & government consultation. (No direct legal services to individuals except in relation to test cases.)


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

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.

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

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

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.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

Ticket Defence Program

The TDP program is a pop-up legal clinic run by volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students.  The TDP offers free legal advice and/or legal representation to homeless or street-involved individuals.  Intake hours are:

Odawa Native Friendship Centre (510 Rideau): Third Friday of the Month, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (221 Nelson):  Every Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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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 bonds & restraining orders;
  • Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board;
  • Conducts legal education presentations & outreach activities. 

Other Services

Office of the Independent Police Review Director

Oversees the investigation of public complaints against Ontario’s police.

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 under the Ontario Police Services Act and hears law enforcement complaints.

Steps to Justice