Inventory of Reforms
Ontario Family Law Information Centres
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General courthouse family law information centres, offering information, limited legal advice, and other assistance to self-represented litigants.
All Ontario courts
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
1999: FLICs established in 17 unified family court sites
1999-2004: FLICs expanded to all court locations
Ontario Business Plan, 2002-2003 (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, 2003). [Business Plan]
A Guide to Family Procedures in the Ontario Court of JusticePDFExternal Link (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, 2004). [Guide]
Inventory of Government-based Family Justice Services: Family Law Information Centres (Ontario)External Link (website) (Department of Justice Canada, 2007). [Website]
Family Law Information CentresExternal Link (website) (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, 2007).
See also Law Help Ontario Centre
See also Legal Aid Ontario Family Law Offices
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.
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.
Guide at 2
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.
98% respondents to a 2001 survey rated FLIC services as “very helpful” or “satisfactory.” (Business Plan)
This summary was last reviewed in Nov 21, 2013