Getting legal help
How do I apply for legal aid?
You can apply by:
- calling us at 1‑800‑668‑8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The best time to call is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.)
- asking a legal aid worker, if you are in jail or a detention centre
- asking a rights' advisor or patient advocate, if you are in a hospital
Some local legal aid offices and courthouses may also take applications.
Do I need anything before I apply?
- any documents about your legal case
- proof of your income if you have any. For example, recent pay stubs, social assistance cheque stubs, or employment insurance statements
What happens after I apply?
If you qualify for legal aid, we will:
- pay for a lawyer to represent you. The lawyer has to be from this list.
- refer you to one of our other services.
What can I do if I have been denied legal aid?
You will not be able to get legal aid if:
- you make too much money
- you have a legal problem that we do not help with
If you do not agree with our decision, you can appeal.
Do you live in a different province or territory?
If you have a legal issue in Ontario, call us.