Legal Aid Ontario

Duty Counsel Office

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COVID-19 Update: All office locations closed, including courthouses, until further notice; services provided by telephone only.

Toll free phone service provides general information on range of legal aid services ; legal, financial eligibility criteria ; legal aid application information.

Other services include:
  • duty counsel (legal aid lawyer in an Ontario courthouse) - criminal, refugee and immigration, family or youth courts, mental health
  • summary legal advice for family law (criminal matters referred to local services)
  • certificate program for complex cases
  • poverty law, civil services - delivered through community legal aid clinics
  • referrals to other social assistance agencies
Duty counsel assistance for qualified applicants is available at the Guelph courthouses when court is scheduled:
  • Criminal Duty Counsel - 36 Wyndham St S (Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Division)
  • Family Duty Counsel - 74 Woolwich St (Ontario Court of Justice, Family and Superior Court of Justice, County of Wellington Courthouse)
Ontario Works (OW) / Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients ; individuals with limited income (income verification required). Legal matter must be one covered by Legal Aid Ontario.
Application Process
When calling Legal Aid Ontario, ensure that relevant documents (court papers, notices, financial information, etc) are easily accessed; depending on the legal issue, call may take from 3-45 minutes.
Hours of Operation
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Toll-free hotline Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm. Best time to call Mon-Fri 9 am-10 am. Family Law Information Clinic (Guelph Courthouse, 74 Woolwich St) Fri 9 am-12 noon.
Office - collect calls accepted
TTY - Toll Free
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
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English, Interpretive Services - assistance in over 200 languages
Service - in some cases, clients may be asked to pay for some of the fees - call for information. LAO's certificate program covers the cost of a sign language interpreter for clients eligible for certificate services - call TTY number. Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General covers the cost of an interpreter for an appearance in court for eligible individuals - for more information visit Court interpretation services in Ontario.
Documents Required
No documents required.
Fully Accessible - courthouse locations
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
Agency Information
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Last Updated On
October 28, 2021