Mental health legal issues
Do you have a mental health issue or addiction and need legal help?
We might be able to help if you qualify and if:
- you are being held in a psychiatric facility and you do not want to be
- you have been found incapable of making treatment decisions
- you need help with a fitness hearing
- you need help with an Ontario Review Board (ORB) or a Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) hearing
- you need a lawyer for criminal court (including mental health court and drug treatment court)
- a Superior Court of Justice has told the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to apply for legal aid for you
Who can help me apply for legal aid?
- A support person or substitute decision maker
- A lawyer at a courthouse called duty counsel
- A patient advocate/rights advisor at a mental health hospital or facility
- A social worker or case manager
- A legal aid staff worker at a courthouse or a prison
If you qualify for legal aid and need a lawyer, we can help you find one.
Last updated: May 20, 2022 A blend of remote and in-person services are now available as part of Legal Aid Ontario’s transition back to providing in-person services. Visitors must screen for COVID-19 symptoms before entering a legal aid office. Instructions are posted outside every legal aid location entrance. Our offices are equipped with Plexiglas barriers,…