Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
The services at the legal clinic are intended for Waterloo Region residents. Legal Aid Ontario establishes financial eligibility criteria based on income and assets, which we apply. If your financial position and the subject of your complaint meet the clinic's eligibility criteria, you qualify for our services.
Our services are free for those with little or no income and few resources. Wherever possible clients are asked to pay the cost of fees paid to others, for example, for medical reports. We cannot provide representation in all matters that fall within our mandate. We will look at the strength of a case and other avenues for resolution of a problem before undertaking to represent someone.
Legal Aid Ontario
This clinic provides legal assistance to low-income individuals through two different components: the Clinic program and the Certificate program. These two programs provide legal services corresponding to different types of law. We fall under the Clinic program of Legal Aid and deal with the following types of legal problems:
The clinic does not deal with matters concerning the following types of law:
The Certificate Program provides funding for legal services for other matters, mainly concerning criminal, family and immigration law. If your problem concerns any of these three areas, contact Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) at 1-800-668-8258 to apply for a legal aid certificate. Once approved, you will be given a certificate which you may take to a lawyer in the private bar to assist you with your problem. The certificate is a guarantee of payment by LAO to the private lawyer for his/her services to you.
Lawyer Referral Service
This service has no financial eligibility requirement and is operated by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Call 1-800-268-8326 and ask for a lawyer in the type of law needed and your location. You will be given the phone number of a lawyer in your community and an identification number. You can then call this lawyer and receive a free 30 minute consultation.
Family Law Information Clinic (FLIC)
Free information clinics. As FLIC is a service of Legal Aid Ontario, you must qualify financially. It allows you to meet with Family Law Duty Counsel to get information and advice on your family law issues. For information about the program, contact the Family Court office at (519) 741-3300.
Family Court Office Kitchener Court House
200 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor
Tel: (519) 741-3300
Daily on a first-come, first-served basis
Cambridge Family Court
99 Main Street
Held every Monday at 9:00am
Superior Court (Family Law)
20 Weber Street East
Held every Thursday
When you visit our office for the first time it is a good idea to bring the documents relating to your case, and if you do not speak English, please bring someone who can translate for you (we do not have interpreters on site).