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Legal Aid/ What is legal aid?

Legal Aid


Legal aid is a government legal service offered to people who meet certain financial eligibility criteria and apply for the service. Legal aid is provided free of charge or with a contribution from the recipient. Every year, legal aid provides thousands of Québecers with access to justice and the means to defend their rights.

Legal aid services are provided by lawyers and, on occasion, by notaries. Lawyers are responsible for counselling their clients and representing them before the courts. Depending on the client’s preference, these services are provided either by lawyers who are permanent employees of the legal aid network or by lawyers in private practice.

About 260,000 applications for legal aid are processed each year.




Try our questionnaire online to help you to determine your financial eligibility to legal aid.

The questionnaire is short and it will take you only few minutes to complete:
Questionnaire on Financial Eligibility for Legal Aid 

© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017