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 legal aid lawyer (called duty counsel) working at a courthouse.
- A patient advocate/rights advisor at a mental health hospital or facility
- A social worker or case manager
- A legal aid 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: July 5, 2021 As part of our response to the COVID-19 emergency, all of our office locations, including those in courthouses, are closed until further notice. We continue to provide legal aid services via telephone only. We have extended our hours of service from…