From: Andreas VonCramon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:20 PM
Subject: Duty Counsel Services in Brockville and Perth
Attachments: 1101_SFET-DC-CERThandout - English.pdf
Duty Counsel are available to help unrepresented clients (subject to financial eligibility) at both criminal and family court on their court date. We do not represent clients at trial. We are usually not able to help clients between court dates, but we do provide family law advice lawyer services (at the times and locations listed below).
In family cases, we will try to help at any time with emergency or urgent situations – this is generally limited to situations with a significant risk of imminent and serious harm to a parent or child, or that a child may be abducted from Ontario. However, family court is only open Monday to Wednesday in Brockville, and Thursday and Friday in Perth, which limits our access to the court for expedited cases. Clients are also well-advised to first contact the police or CAS in these circumstances as judges usually want to know why these agencies have not responded if the case is an emergency.
In both criminal and family cases, we will also try to help with vulnerable clients by meeting them between court dates or attempting to schedule their court appearances when things are less busy. A significant portion of our clientele suffers from addictions, mental illness, illiteracy or other functional impairments, so we have to reserve these services for clients who are particularly at risk. Please contact me about this if you have questions, or think that I can be of assistance.
Clients can apply for legal aid by telephone at 1-800-668-8258 or, in criminal cases, at each court location at the times indicated below.
Our office in Brockville is at the courthouse:
41 Court House Square,
Brockville, Ontario, K6V 7N3
Attention: Duty Counsel Office
Phone: 613-341-2800 x2294
Family Law Advice Lawyer services are available at this location:
Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.
Thursdays 9-11 a.m.
Criminal legal aid applications:
Youth court 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month from 9-11 a.m.
Adult court Friday from 9-11 a.m.
Our office in Perth is at the courthouse:
43 Drummond Street East,
Perth, Ontario, K7H 1G1
Attention: Duty Counsel Office
Family Law Advice Lawyer services are available at this location every Thursdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Criminal legal aid applications from 9-11 a.m. every Monday.
We have the following staff:
Andreas von Cramon Supervisory Duty Counsel
Cindy Burrell Staff Lawyer
Amy Long Staff Lawyer
Mark Graham Legal Aid Worker
Most services provided by Legal Aid Ontario are subject to financial eligibility. Our financial eligibility poster is attached to this email. In criminal cases, we help clients with simple plea negotiations even if they do not financially qualify for our services. In family cases, we will provide up to 20 minutes of summary legal advice (not case specific) to clients even if they do not financially qualify, time permitting.
Clients can get general information about access to the services provided by Legal Aid Ontario at http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/default.asp.
These materials are probably useful for other stakeholders, as well.
Andreas von Cramon
Supervisory Duty Counsel
Legal Aid Ontario – Brockville/Perth