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Free Online E-Books for Self-Represented Litigants (SRL)

Family Law Handbook for Self Represented Litigants

This Handbook is intended as a reference for self-represented family litigants appearing in Canadian courts. This handbook does not provide legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice that a lawyer may provide.  The handbook provides general information only.


Civil Law Handbook for Self-Represented Litigants

This Handbook is intended as a reference for self-represented civil litigants appearing in Canadian courts. This handbook does not provide legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice that a lawyer may provide.  The handbook provides general information only.


Criminal Law Handbook for Self-Represented Accused

This Handbook is intended as a reference for self-represented who are accused of committing a crime and are required to appear in a Canadian criminal court (with emphasis on superior court).While this Handbook cannot anticipate all of the possible situations that may arise, it is intended to provide you, the SRL accused, with a starting point to assist and guide you. This handbook does not provide legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice that a lawyer may provide.  The handbook provides general information only.


So You’re Representing Yourself: A Primer to Help You Get Ready to Represent Yourself in Family or Civil Court


The CanLII Primer: Legal Research Principles and CanLII Navigation for Self-Represented Litigants

The goal of this document is to help self-represented litigants (SRLs) navigate CanLll in order to prepare for the presentation of their cases-in court, inchambers, or as part of a negotiation or mediation.


Community Legal Organizations

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services 

The Waterloo Region Community Legal Services provide legal assistance in specific areas of law to low-income individuals and families ranging from summary advice to full representation. https://www.wrcls.ca/ or 519-743-0254.


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs through its website and toll free number.1-800-668-8258 www.legalaid.on.ca

Law Help Ontario
A self-help legal clinic offered by Pro Bono Law Ontario, providing a range of services to unrepresented litigants with civil matters to help them understand court procedures — or meet with a volunteer lawyer — at no charge. www.lawhelpontario.org


Ontario Legal Information Centre
The Ontario Legal Information Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone in Ontario who is facing a legal problem or whose legal problem is within Ontario. The Centre’s services are confidential, available in person or by telephone, in both English and French. https://centreinfojuridique.ca/en/

Pro Bono Ontario’s Free Legal Advice Hotline
Promotes access to justice in Ontario by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide 
pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means. Toll free 1-855-255-7256 or www.probonoontario.org

Family Justice Centre (FJC): 
The FJC hosts virtual legal clinics for Ontarians dealing with family law issues who are unable to afford a lawyer, but do not meet the threshold to qualify for legal aid services. At the virtual clinics, family law lawyers supervise law students in the delivery of free unbundled legal services to self-represented litigants in Ontario. The FJC also develops public legal education resources to support self-represented litigants in navigating the family law process. 
https://www.probonostudents.ca/family-justice-centre

National Self-Represented Litigants Project 
Resources for self-represented litigants including educational content, provincial legal helplines and supports. https://representingyourselfcanada.com/


Ontario Court and Tribunal Information


Ontario Courts

All levels of Ontario Courts. www.ontariocourts.ca


Tribunals Ontario

Tribunals Ontario is a group of 13 adjudicative tribunals. These Tribunals are: Assessment Review Board, Animal Care Review Board, Child and Family Services Review Board, Custody Review Board, Fire Safety Commission, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord and Tenant Board, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Civilian Police Commission, Ontario Parole Board, Ontario Special Education Tribunal (English), Ontario Special Education Tribunal (French) and Social Benefits Tribunal. https://tribunalsontario.ca/en/


Ontario Court Forms

Fillable court forms in Word and pdfhttp://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/


The Ministry of the Attorney General

The MAG website has electronic court forms available to assist you with Family, Civil and Small Claims Court proceedings in Ontario. www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/forms/ 


Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board)

Adjudicates matters related to land use planning, environmental and natural features and heritage protection, land valuation, land compensation, municipal finance, and related matters. 


Labour Relations Board

Tribunal mandated to mediate and adjudicate a variety of employment and labour relations-related matters under a number of Ontario statutes. http://www.olrb.gov.on.ca/


Finding Legislation and Caselaw


CanLII

The CanLII.org website provides access to court judgments from all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, federal courts, and the courts in all Canada’s provinces and territories. CanLII.org also contains decisions from many tribunals nationally. CanLII.org contains the consolidated statutes and regulations of every jurisdiction in Canada. https://www.canlii.org/en/


CanLII Connects

For legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. https://canliiconnects.org/en/


e-laws 

Provides access to official copies of Ontario statutes and regulations. www.ontario.ca/laws

Ontario Gazette 
The official publication for Ontario legislation, proclamations of new statutes, and notices that must be made public.https://www.ontario.ca/search/ontario-gazette 

Legislative Assembly of Ontario 
Provincial Bills. http://www.ontla.on.ca/lao/en/bills/

Justice Laws Website 
Federal Legislation. http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/

Canada Gazette 
The official newspaper of the Government of Canada. You can learn about new statutes, new and proposed regulations, administrative board decisions, and public notices. http://www.gazette.gc.ca/accueil-home-eng.html

LegisInfo 
Federal Bills. http://www.parl.ca/legisinfo/Home.aspx?Language=E&ParliamentSession=42-1


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