The Peterborough Law Association Law Library
470 Water Street
Toll Free: 1-866-556-8395
Key Contact: Laura Dobbie
Approximately 120 lawyers throughout the Peterborough Area.
- O'Brien's Encylopedia of Forms
To access the library's list of holdings, visit the Law Society of Upper Canada's central database, INFOLOCATE
The Peterborough Law Association was incorporated on November 12th, 1897 under the Ontario Library Associations and Mechanics Institutes Act. “The purpose shall be the formation of a law library for the use of its members and the taking cognizance of all matters relating to the welfare of the legal profession in the Town and County of Peterborough.”
For the Public
The Peterborough Law Library is not open to members of the public. Below are resources to assist members of the public.
Find a Lawyer Referral Service:
The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS), known for the past 40 years as the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), has been filling an important community need by connecting lawyers and people looking for assistance with a legal matter.
Now, in response to growing public demand, the Law Society is expanding its referral service to include paralegals as well as lawyers.
When you call the LSRS, we will provide you with the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.
Visit www.findlegalhelp.ca, or call:
Toll-free Crisis Line 1-855-947-5255
Toronto area Crisis Line 416-947-5255
Legal Aid Ontario:
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), an independent agency funded largely by the Province of Ontario, is responsible for the delivery of high quality legal aid services to low-income individuals throughout Ontario. LAO provides legal aid services in a number of areas, including criminal and family matters, and immigration and refugee hearings. Legal aid certificates are issued to eligible individuals, who can then retain a private lawyer of their choice.
LAO also funds 80 independent, community-based legal aid clinics. These clinics provide legal aid services for poverty law matters, such as housing, social assistance, pensions, workers' compensation, and employment insurance.
Duty counsel services may also be available for people facing criminal, family or youth courts without legal representation.
Parties with a small income, or who are receiving social assistance may qualify for legal aid. Legal aid can help pay for some or all of parties' legal costs. Visit Legal Aid Ontario's website for a list of addresses of legal aid offices and clinics throughout the province. The numbers for local legal aid offices are also available in the white pages of telephone books.
Learn more>> http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/
Steps to Justice:
Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law. Steps to Justice:
- equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
- includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
- gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
- has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
Learn more>> https://stepstojustice.ca/