Assistance services


IN CRIMINAL MATTERS – URGENCE AVOCAT

Anyone who is under arrest or is about to be interrogated by the police may consult a lawyer of his choice. In order to guide you in these situations, an on-call criminal law service called "Urgence Avocat" (Emergency Lawyer) has been created by the Barreau du Québec to serve clients in Montreal. Through this service, anyone can get a quick consultation with a criminal lawyer 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

To contact “Urgence Avocat” : 514 954-3444.


IN CRIMINAL AND PENAL MATTERS – LIGNE INFO-DROIT CRIMINEL

Anyone who is accused of a criminal or penal offence, not represented by a lawyer and not eligible for legal aid can contact the Ligne Info-Droit criminel of the Barreau du Québec for a short telephone conversation with a lawyer. The lawyer in duty provides legal information about the criminal and penal justice system and the impact of various decisions taken by the accused on the process. The service is offered free of charge, in a non-emergency context and once per file. The line is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (not available on weekends and holidays).

To contact “Info-Droit criminel” : 888 954-9447.


IN YOUNG OFFENDERS MATTERS – URGENCE JUVÉNILE AVOCAT

Anyone arrested or about to be interrogated by the police can consult a lawyer of his choice, regardless of his age. In order to serve those under 18 subject to trial and guide them in these situations, an on-call service for young offenders called "Urgence Juvénile Avocat" (Emergency Youth Lawyer) was created by the Barreau du Québec in collaboration with the Association of lawyers specializing in youth law. Through this service, any minor can get a quick consultation with a criminal lawyer specializing in youth law 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

To contact “Urgence Juvénile Avocat” : 514 954-3500.


IN IMMIGRATION MATTERS – URGENCE AVOCAT IMMIGRATION

In order to guide you in these matters and answer your questions, an on-call immigration law service called "Urgence Avocat Immigration" (Emergency Lawyer) has been created by the Barreau du Québec. Through this service, anyone can get a quick consultation with a lawyer specialized in immigration 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

To contact “Urgence Avocat Immigration” : 866 954-3525.


IN YOUTH PROTECTION AND ADOPTION MATTERS

Any party to a youth protection or adoption file, whether parent, child or other party, may be counseled and represented by a laywer of his choice. In order to better serve clients in these matters, a daily referral service was created by the Association of lawyers specializing in youth law, in collaboration with the Barreau du Québec. Every week-day, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., two duty counsels are present in room 105 of the Court of Quebec, Youth Division, which is located at 410 Bellechasse Street East in Montreal, in order to meet and, if necessary, represent any person who requires the services of a lawyer in this area of the law.

To contact the assistance service in youth protection and adoption matters : 514 278-1738.


IN HOUSING LAW MATTERS – SERVICE TÉLÉPHONIQUE DU LOGEMENT

Any litigant has the right to be counselled and represented by the lawyer of his or her choice. A telephone service has been set up by the Barreau du Québec and the Régie du logement in the Régie du logement offices at Montreal’s Olympic Village to inform tenants and landlords involved in such situations. A telephone is available to you from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to give you quick and free access to a lawyer who practices housing law and who can give you legal information in this regard.

To contact the « Service téléphonique du logement » : 1 844 227-3790.


IN CRIMINAL AND PENAL MATTERS – SERVICE D’INFORMATION JURIDIQUE À LA COUR MUNICIPALE DE MONTRÉAL (SIJ)

Offered exclusively to litigants who are not represented by a lawyer and who are referred by the Court on the day scheduled for a hearing, the SIJ (Service d’information judiciaire) offers ad hoc assistance regarding criminal and penal matters in certain cases that have major impact. This service, which was created by the Young Bar of Montreal (YBM), the Association des avocats de la défense de Montréal (AADM), the Bar of Montreal, Pro Bono Québec and the Municipal Court of Montreal, is designed mainly to improve access to justice and how it is administered.

The lawyer on duty may inform the litigant of the general procedure for handling a case at the Municipal Court, and of the nature of the charge, the consequences of pleading guilty, and so forth.

Available on court referral only.


IN FAMILY MATTERS - LEGAL DUTY COUNSEL SERVICE (LDCS)

Offered only to persons not represented by a lawyer who have been referred by the Court on the day scheduled for a hearing, LDCS offers individual assistance in matters of family law. The family duty counsel may inform the party of the judicial process, as well as information on the forms to be completed and documents to be provided to the other party and to the Court.

The briefing session with duty counsel, lasting up to 30 minutes, is limited to basic legal information. The duty counsel can not address the opposing party or the Court in the place of the person seeking help. Because use of LDCS is limited to one information session per subject addressed in a Court case, if the services of a lawyer are further required, other resources will have to be sought, including those described in this website.

Available on court referral only.

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Criminal and Penal Matters /
Young Offenders :
See the Guide :

- Representing Yourself in Court in Criminal and Penal Matters

Immigration :
See Website :

- Barreau du Québec

Housing Law Matters :
See Website :

- Régie du logement

Family Matters :
See the Guides :
- Applying and Opposing an Interim Order
-
Changing a Divorce Judgment
- Changing a Judgment (Common-Law Couples)
- Demander le divorce : comment
s'y prendre
(In French only)

- Representing Yourself in Court in Family Matters

Useful links and information:
See Website :
- The Bar of Montreal
Greater Montreal Community Justice Center