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Legal Aid Ontario

Site: Ottawa Court House

Service: Duty Counsel

Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR ; Ottawa Duty Counsel (Criminal) ; Ottawa Duty Counsel (Family) - Superior Court of Justice
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
161 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
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Intersection Elgin St and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 (22 Apr 2020): Provincial and legal aid offices closed to the public * services still offered by phone * visit for latest service updates.

Lawyers available to give immediate legal assistance to people who appear in court without a lawyer * assists with criminal or family law issues * referrals to other legal aid services

Family duty counsel: advice about legal rights, obligations and the court process * help to negotiate and settle issues * help to review or prepare court documents to be filed * assistance in the courtroom with child protection hearings; garnishment and support hearings; requesting adjournments; arguing motions; hearings for issues such as custody, access, or support where the issues are not complicated

Criminal duty counsel: advice about legal rights, obligations and the court process * assistance in the courtroom for bail hearings and sentencing * assistance with diversion, guilty pleas and adjournments * may also provide assistance in specialized courts such as mental health, drug treatment, domestic violence and Aboriginal persons (Gladue) court
Hours COVID19: Irregular, call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Individuals with a low income who have their court date and time and who cannot afford legal services * youth charged with a criminal offense * gross family income must be below: 
* $22,720 for households with one family member 
* $32,131 for households with two family members 
* $39,137 for households with three family members 
* $45,440 for households with four family members 
* $50,803 for households with five family members or more
Application Drop in on the day of the court date before the scheduled court appearance * it is recommended to come at least 30 minutes before court starts * bring all documents, inlcuding the disclosure
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Duty Counsel
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-238-7931
Toll Free Phone 1-800-668-8258
Fax Duty Counsel (Family) 613-239-0432
Other Details
Funding Provincial
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