How to Find Legal Help, Guelph and Wellington County

Contact Information
Alternate Name Accessing legal help ; CV19 ; FLIC ; How to get legal help
Office Phone Ontario Court of Justice Family Division (County of Wellington Courthouse) 519-824-4100  
Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Division 519-826-4431 
Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County 519-821-2100
Toll Free Phone Legal Aid Ontario 1-800-668-8258 
Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County 1-800-628-9205 
Justice Ontario 1-866-252-0104 
Justice for Children and Youth 1-866-999-5329 
Law Society of Ontario, General Inquiries 1-800-668-7380 
Law Society Referral Service 1-855-947-5255
TTY Phone Law Society of Ontario 416-644-4886
Located In Community Guelph
Physical Access Fully Accessible ; Courthouse locations - Fully Accessible ; Entrance/Exit - Accessible ; Washroom - Accessible ; Public Pay Telephone - TTY phone identified by symbol
Description & Services
Description (Service) Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is suggested to contact the nearest community legal clinic for advice on a specific situation. Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) endeavours to post accurate information on the following site: COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal service

Legal help resources:
* Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) - services and information on family law issues, court processes and alternative forms of dispute resolution available in family courts
* Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County - legal advice for tenant / landlord issues ; problems with an application, suspension or cancellation of social assistance benefits ; difficulty with Canadian Pension Plan Disability (CPP-d) or Employment Insurance (EI)
* Legal Aid Ontario - Duty Counsel assistance available at courthouse locations for in-person assistance at court appearances (criminal / family law issues); duty counsel lawyers give immediate legal assistance to low-income people appearing in court without a lawyer;Legal Aid Ontario toll-free number for legal aid services / assistance/information
* Pro Bono Ontario - help with civil legal needs (no family law or criminal law); up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and assistance for clients unable to afford a lawyer (call toll-free 1-855-255-7256)
* Law Society of Ontario - legal information, lawyer / paralegal directory, lawyer referral service (to access up to one half hour of free verbal consultation)
* - online legal information covering all Canadian provinces and territories; information and referrals to lawyers, paralegals, or service professionals

Courthouse locations:
* County of Wellington Courthouse / Family Law Information Centre: 74 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3T9; 824-4100
* Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Division (Guelph Courthouse): 36 Wyndham St S, Guelph ON N1H 7J5; 519-826-4431

General Legal Information online resources:
* Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) - accurate, clear legal information, resources and publications to help people understand and exercise their legal rights
-- Your Legal Rights - collection of legal information resources including a resource library and training webinars
-- Steps to Justice - information and next steps, checklists, forms, self-help guides, links to legal and community services
-- CLEO Connect - comprehensive platform providing training and tools that support the legal information needs for community workers, educators, and researchers
* Ministry of the Attorney General (Justice Ontario) - legal information about criminal law, family law, lawsuits and disputes, human rights, wills and estates
* Ontario Court of Justice - information on Ontario's courts and court practices, family law rules, legislation and court rules, guides and policies and links to other legal resources
* LawFacts - legal information resource of Legal Aid Ontario about criminal, family, and refugee law, court-related mental health issues, resources for Indigenous Canadians, and help with finding a lawyer
* Justice for Children and Youth - information about legal rights and legal services for youth (younger than 18) and homeless youth (younger than 25)
* Ontario Youth Justice System - programs and services for youth (ages 12-17) who have broken the law; the Youth Criminal Justice Act recognizes that young people have different needs than adults, and require different response and protections due to their age

Family Law online resources:
* Family Law Information Program (FLIP) - free online resource for families, partners and former spouses about to enter the family justice system, to help in making informed decisions about legal and emotional issues
* Steps in a Family Law Case Flowcharts - CLEO family law flowcharts that guide through each stage of the legal process with clear information; assistance with completing online forms regarding children, support, and property issues in separation and divorce; family law resources and publications
* Ministry of the Attorney General, Family Law - all legal issues handled in a family court
* Guide to Procedures in Family Court - information on starting a case, filing documents, serving documents, motions, trial
* Family Law Education for Women - legal information on women's rights under Ontario family law available in 11 languages and multiple formats
Hours * Legal Aid Ontario toll free number Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm 
* Court Office hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm  
* Family Law Information Clinic (FLIC) Fri 9 am-12 noon 
* Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm (best time to call: 9 am-10 am )
Areas Served Guelph ; Wellington County
Eligibility Legal Aid Ontario services: based on need and financial eligibility * must be in receipt of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) assistance or have limited income * must be legal matter covered by Legal Aid Ontario * eligibility criteria apply to duty counsel assistance, summary legal advice and advice through Family Law Information Centres
Application For Legal Aid Ontario, call toll free number * for other legal services, call or visit website for details of application process
Languages English ; Interpretive Services ; Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Aid Ontario websites: English, French  
* Legal Aid Ontario toll-free number offers help in 200+ languages  
* Justice Ontario legal information regarding Family Law issues available in 170+ languages through toll free number and through website in 22 languages  
* Family Law Education for Women: legal information on women's rights for family law issues in 14 languages
Fees None - Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County ; Family Law Information Centre ; Criminal Duty Counsel ; Community legal clinics do not usually charge legal fees, but they may ask clients who have the financial means, to pay some or all of the expenses of a case, such as court filing fees.
Other Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government ; (50) Non Profit
Print Material * Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) pamphlets available at Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County ; resources and publications available on website 
* Legal Aid Ontario publications and resources 
* Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) have pamphlets and other publications on subjects related to separation, divorce, and child protection issues, including What You Should Know about Family Law in Ontario
Service Categories Comprehensive Family Law Services ; General Legal Aid ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Information Services