Additional family duty counsel services effective Nov. 18

Published: November 14, 2019

On November 18, 2019 LAO will provide some additional family duty counsel services.

Duty counsel will provide these additional services:

  • Procedural advice to anyone appearing without their own lawyer in first appearance court or case conference.
  • Assistance with child protection matters for financially eligible clients in jurisdictions where clients are unable to retain lawyer in a timely manner.
  • Assistance with consents, as long as negotiations have been completed and the issues are eligible for duty counsel services.
  • Assistance with second case conferences, for those who financially qualify for legal aid.

The provision of these additional services will be subject to local practise and duty counsel capacity. Some services may not be available at every location.

Substantive legal advice and assistance remains limited to those who financially qualify for legal aid.

Please direct any questions you have about family duty counsel services to the director general serving your district or duty counsel at any courthouse.