PBO's Court-Based Help Centres provide free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income self-represented individuals. This location assists with civil matters before the Superior Court of Justice and the Small Claims Court and is located right inside the Ottawa courthouse.
Consultations are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and are approximately 30 minutes in length. At the Help Centre, self-represented individuals also have access to form completion software, legal information guidebooks, and referrals to other organizations. On occasion, volunteers may also be asked to act as duty counsel and assist self-represented individuals at Small Claims Court motions, settlement conferences, and trials.
161 Elgin Street, Room 5027
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2K1
One full day session every 3 months.
PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.