Referrals - Criminal Law
Our clinic does not practice criminal law. However, we have
put together a list of links below to criminal law services and
information offered in
Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties.
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid offers certificates (to applicants who qualify
financially) that you can take to a lawyer to obtain representation
on certain types of criminal law matters. Legal
Aid will provide you with a list of lawyers in your area who accept
Services provided by
Legal Aid Ontario include:
Advice Lawyers - for family and
criminal advice (20 minutes of free advice to qualified callers)
or in-person criminal law advice at the Criminal Law Information Centres
- if you qualify. Lawyers accepting these certificates will represent
you in family, criminal or immigration law matters
Criminal Duty Counsel
- services are offered in most courts, see LAO's
Duty Counsel page for more info or the
Duty Counsel Contact page for an office in your area
(Belleville Criminal Duty Counsel: 613-962-9106, ext. 2750. Napanee Criminal
Duty Counsel: 613-354-5774)
Mental Health Duty Counsel - If you
are appearing in mental health court on a criminal matter
without a lawyer, duty counsel can assist you at your first
appearance. If you are in custody or receiving treatment
at a mental health care facility, you can get assistance with
legal aid applications from the Patient Advocate/Rights Advisor
in the mental health facility where you are located.
Criminal Law page or
Youth Criminal Law page for more details.
Apply for Legal Aid or Get Legal Advice
To find out more about Legal Aid Services, to apply for a Legal Aid
certificate, or to receive 20 minutes of
free legal advice over the phone, call
Legal Aid toll-free at:
Press "0" and ask to
speak to a Client Service Representative. View their poster (English,
Current Legal Aid clients can also call to get information about
their application or appeal status, find out if their lawyer has
acknowledged their certificate, or update their personal information
(such as their address).
Those calling Legal Aid that are currently in custody can call a
special, separate line at:
Legal Aid Ontario's Young Person’s Duty Counsel Hotline:
1-800-265-0451 or 1-800-561-2561
Legal information via an automated message for first time, under-18
offenders, accused of non-violent crime. Leave a message for Legal Aid duty
counsel, who will return the call and provide 20 minutes of free summary
Criminal Law Information Centres (CLIC)
Legal Aid provides an
advice lawyer at the Criminal Law Information Centre (CLIC) to
answer questions specifically about criminal law and review your legal
Belleville CLIC: Thursdays at 12-3 p.m., Quinte
Consolidated Courthouse, 15 Bridge Street West.
Lawfacts.ca - a legal
information resource from Legal Aid Ontario. Written by
Legal Aid lawyers from across Ontario, LawFacts provides legal
information about criminal, family and refugee law, as well as
court-related mental health issues.
Other Sources of Information
Below are other places you can go to obtain more information on
Education Ontario (CLEO) and Your Legal Rights
YourLegalRights.on.ca - visit their
criminal law section for
information on all areas of criminal law.
Criminal Law Page - provides links to
information such as what happens in Criminal Court, if you are an
accused person, if you are a witness, and more.
Ontario Court of Justice
Self-Represented Parties Guides:
Pardons (Record Suspensions)
Record Suspensions Tip Sheet - Criminal Records and Your
Information on the Pardons Program (now called Record
Suspensions) - If
your past criminal record is preventing you from getting a job, you can
request a Record Suspension. The
Records Suspension program allows people to have their criminal record
kept separate and apart from other criminal records. Read the
Fact Sheet for more details.
Record Suspension Application and Guide
on the Parole Board of Canada website or request one by calling the
Record Suspension Information Line at 1-800-874-2652.
John Howard Society (Belleville) - assists with pardon applications -
613-968-6628 - see their brochure on
Record Suspensions and Waivers
Fees have increased significantly for applying for a Record
Suspension. (There are also
changes to eligibility.) If you need help with these fees and
are on social assistance, check with your local Ontario Works office
to see if they will pay these fees. Some offices also hold
workshops to help you with the application itself.
- website for youth preparing for court
Howard Society of Belleville and District - provides supports and services
to those at risk of entering the criminal justice system, offenders,
ex-offenders, their families, schools, communities and the public at large
that encourages reintegration, community safety and prevention of crime.
The John Howard Society of Belleville and District serves Hastings County,
Prince Edward County and Quinte West.
Two of the
programs offered by this branch of John Howard are:
Referrals can be made by phone, fax, email or in
person and can be made by parents or the youth themselves. Their contact
numbers are: phone 613-968-6628, fax 613-968-6696,
The John Howard
Society of Belleville also has a help line available for both youth aged
12-17 or their parents at 613-922-9355.
for Children and Youth - provides select legal
representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity.
They are a non-profit legal aid clinic that specializes in protecting the
rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social
service or mental health systems. They give summary legal advice,
information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters),
professionals and community groups across Ontario. Their website
pamphlets and newsletters.
information and pamphlets on many issues affecting youth including Youth
of the Correctional Investigator - an Ombudsman for
federal offenders, to make complaints about
federal correctional facilities
Ombudsman - for complaints about provincial
Queen's Legal Aid - Prison Law Clinic -
provices legal advice, assistance, and representation in matters
relating to prison and parole in Kingston-area penitentiaries and
Latest Criminal Law
Resources on Your Legal Rights