Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some of Yukon Legal Services Society’s (YLSS) most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What do I need to bring with me?

You must provide the following information in order to apply for legal aid:

  • Any documents relating to your case, including court orders, agreements, served papers or your copy of the Duty Counsel Appearance Form.
  • Proof of your household income for the past 6 months, including pay stubs, social assistance budget sheet, EI statements, Record of Employment (ROE), or current financial statements if you are self-employed.
  • Proof of any Child Support paid or received for the past 6 months.
  • Proof of Child Tax Benefit income.
  • Proof of unusual expenses such as medical/dental costs.

What will happen at my interview?

The Intake Manager will review all the documents you have provided. You will also be asked about any assets you may have, including vehicles, property, savings and/or investments. The Intake Manager may ask for additional documents to determine whether you qualify.

You must sign your application as being true. It is an offence to provide YLSS with false information. If any of the information provided with your application changes, including your contact information or financial situation, you must advise YLSS immediately.

Once your application has been taken, the Intake Manager may be able to tell you right away whether you are eligible for legal aid. If you are not approved at the interview, you can contact the Intake Office to check on the status of your application.

Occasionally, a lawyer may have to review your matter to decide if there is merit before proceeding on your behalf.

What do I do once I am approved?

You are responsible for contacting the Intake Office to check the status of your application.

Once you have been assigned a lawyer, contact the office where your lawyer is working to schedule an appointment. Please also read Working with Your Lawyer and Your Responsibility to Legal Aid, available by printed brochure or online.

What is duty counsel?

Duty counsel is a lawyer present at court to help people at their first appearance. YLSS has a “duty counsel” lawyer in adult, youth and wardship (child protection) courts. Duty counsel will provide you with a Duty Counsel Appearance Form, which you will need to bring with you when applying for legal aid assistance. There are no financial eligibility requirements or fees for receiving assistance from duty counsel.

Duty counsel is also provided on an on-call basis for the following:

  • Detained persons from Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. to Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Detained persons on weeknights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • All initial bail hearings.