Duty counsel supporting new Gladue court in London

Posted on: Friday, April 20, 2012

As part of LAO’s commitment to enhancing access to justice for Aboriginal people, LAO is now providing duty counsel services in a new Gladue court in London, Ontario.

Established in January 2012, the London Gladue court is designed to handle the cases of Aboriginal people who have been charged with a criminal offence and propose sentences that are more in line with Aboriginal traditions than imprisonment.

The court is is available to all self-identifying Aboriginal persons - Indian (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit. Accused persons can choose to have his or her matter heard by the Gladue court, which currently accepts guilty pleas and sentences offenders.

LAO’s duty counsel lawyers are available to represent eligible clients on guilty pleas, including negotiations with the Crown, provide referrals to agencies that can help develop the client’s rehabilitation plan, and address Gladue principles before the court.

As part of LAO’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy, staff and duty counsel have received cultural training that will help them provide more effective services to low-income Aboriginal Ontarians. They also have ready access to extensive reference materials on Gladue principles.

For more information, please contact:

Kristian Justesen
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: 416-979-2352 ext. 4782
Email: justesk@lao.on.ca or media@lao.on.ca