Areas of coverage
Legal aid is provided to eligible persons for the following matters.
Legal aid is provided to eligible persons for the following criminal matters:
- Criminal offences where there is a reasonable likelihood of jail;
- Proceedings pursuant to Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code (the Mental Disorder Provisions);
- Proceedings under the Extradition Act or the Fugitive Offenders Act;
- Proceedings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act;
- An appeal by the Crown in any of the above matters;
- An appeal by an eligible person in any of the above matters where, in the opinion of the Executive Director, the appeal has merit.
Legal aid covers all usual procedures in the above criminal matters. Any special applications, such as bail reviews, constitutional challenges or curative discharge applications are only covered where, in the opinion of the Executive Director, the application has merit.
Legal aid is provided to eligible persons for the following civil matters:
- All Child Protection proceedings;
- Interim proceedings in cases of family breakdown where children are involved and resulting in issues of custody, access, child support, and where:
- there are no pre-existing orders of the court or other lawfully binding resolution, or
- where the health or safety of a child or parent, or an established parent/child relationship is at risk.
- Proceedings under the Mental Health Act.
The Executive Director may require an independent assessment of merits before extending or continuing legal aid coverage in any of the above-noted matters.
Matters not covered
Without limiting the following list, YLSS does not provide legal aid services in the following matters:
- Real estate
- Change of name
- Wills and estates
- Power of attorney
- Libel, defamation, and slander
- Commercial litigation
- Division of assets
- Obtaining a peace bond