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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.

An advice lawyer will be available at the following locations on the following dates:

Location Date and time

Sioux Lookout Courthouse

18-4th Avenue Box 1806
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B1
Tel: 807-737-4305

July 24 & 31, August 14 & 28
9 a.m. to noon

Fort Frances Courthouse

333 Church St.
Fort Frances, ON P9A 1C9
Tel: 807-274-5961

July 24, August 7 & 21
9 a.m. to noon

Red Lake Courthouse

115 Howey Street, Box 1070
Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0
Tel: 807-727-2376

July 29, August 21
9:30 a.m. to noon

Dryden Courthouse

479 Government St. Box 1
Dryden, ON P8N 3K9
Tel: 807-223-2348

July 24 & 31, August 8 & 14
9 a.m. to noon

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:

Andreas Asmus
Director general, Northwest District
Phone: 1-866-297-5559


Josephine Li
Communications advisor
Phone: 416-979-2352 ext. 6015