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Ontario Family Law Information Centres

Year: 
1999
Description: 

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General courthouse family law information centres, offering information, limited legal advice, and other assistance to self-represented litigants.

Status: 

Permanent implementation

Jurisdiction: 

Ontario

Court: 

All Ontario courts

Body Responsible: 

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Timeline: 
1999 FLICs established in 17 unified family court sites
1999-2004 FLICs expanded to all court locations
Development: 

Family Law Information Centres were established in 17 unified family court sites in 1999. They were expanded over the next five years to all court locations.

Purpose: 

To provide free information and help about issues related to separation and divorce and other family law matters to the public.

Description of Reforms: 
All court locations have a Family Law Information Centre (FLIC). A FLIC is an area in the court house where you can get free information and help about issues related to separation and divorce and other family law matters. It is a good idea to get this information before making important decisions.

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The following services are available at the FLIC:

  • Court staff will provide information about the family court; court process; court forms; guides to procedure and how to get a lawyer
  • An Advice Lawyer (from Legal Aid Ontario) will provide 20 minutes of general legal information on family law matters free of charge regardless of eligibility, or case-specific advice to those who qualify financially
  • An Information Referral Coordinator (IRC) will provide information about family mediation; effects of separation and divorce on children; register the parties for free parent information sessions and make referrals to community services. (IRC service is available only at Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations [previously known as the Unified Family Court])

The following resource materials are available:

  • Pamphlets and other publications on issues related to separation and divorce and child protection matters;
  • Court forms and Guides to Procedure;
  • Information on community resources; and
  • Referrals to the court-connected family mediation services.*

*In Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations only.

Website
Results: 

98% respondents to a 2001 survey rated FLIC services as "very helpful" or "satisfactory." (Business Plan)

Revision History:
This summary was last reviewed in Nov 21, 2013:custom:F, Nov 21, 2013:custom:Y.