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LAO working with lawyers to provide additional family services in northwest Ontario
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Drawing from provincial funding, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be providing advice lawyers in Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) at four additional courthouses in northwest Ontario.
Clients in Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances, Red Lake and Dryden who are either new to the family court system or who donít have a lawyer can receive free assistance at the FLIC, which is located in the courthouse.
Services and locations
Advice lawyers will be available to:
- provide advice about the role of counsel, how to choose a lawyer and what a lawyer can help clients with
- refer and advise people on other sources of assistance, such as onsite or off-site mediation, counselling services, legal aid or community resources
- provide up to 20 minutes (depending on time constraints) on how the court process works and related general advice on family law matters, such as disclosure requirements, documents to be filed, and costs consequences
Additional case-specific services such as document review and assistance with document preparation may be available for financially eligible clients.
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Sioux Lookout Courthouse
18-4th Avenue Box 1806
July 24 & 31, August 14 & 28
Fort Frances Courthouse
333 Church St.
July 24, August 7 & 21
Red Lake Courthouse
115 Howey Street, Box 1070
July 29, August 21
479 Government St. Box 1
July 24 & 31, August 8 & 14
Family law strategy
Until recently, the availability of advice services in person at the FLICs was very limited in the Kenora District.
Providing family lawyers in these locations is part of an initiative to address the unmet legal needs of unrepresented family litigants and a larger, long-term strategy to improve access to justice for low-income Ontarians.
LAO aims to reduce the number of unrepresented family litigants, provide an avenue for consensual dispute resolution, expand the early resolution service sector and provide holistic and integrated services.
LAO allocates approximately $70 million annually in the delivery of family law services to help more than 125,000 low-income Ontarians through a wide range of family law services, including summary legal advice, mediation, assistance from lawyers at family law information centres and family law service centres, representation by private practice lawyers, and settlement conferences.
For more information, please contact 1-800-267-0650 and press 0.
For more information on these services:
Director general, Northwest District
Phone: 416-979-2352 ext. 6015