ABOUT THE CLINIC
To promote access to justice throughout Durham Region for low income individuals by providing high quality legal services.
To encourage and facilitate flexibility and innovation in the provision of legal services
To recognize the diverse legal needs of low income individuals and disadvantaged communities.
To operate within a framework of accountability for the expenditure of public funds.
Durham Community Legal Clinic
Serving Durham Region since 1985.
Justice through Advocacy
The Durham Community Legal Clinic provides access to justice through quality legal services, advocacy and information for people living on a low income or in poverty.
The Clinic was established in 1985 when the Durham Tenants Hotline applied for funding as a full-service legal clinic. The clinic opened in February 1985 under its current name The Durham Community Legal Clinic. In December 2001, the clinic co-located with Legal Aid at its current location. This co-location provides low income residents of Durham Region quality legal services in a convenient central location.
Many people get confused and don't know who to call when they have a legal problem except to know they want "legal aid". There are two main types of services funded by Legal Aid in most communities. They offer fairly distinct types of help.
Legal Aid offices generally help people who need a lawyer in a criminal or a family law matter. They do this by:
- Issuing legal aid certificates to use private bar lawyers for help and representation
- Offering legal information and advice clinics in areas of law that the legal clinic usually does not assist in (family, criminal. real estate, estates)
- Providing duty counsel in most courts
A Brief History of the Clinic
Difference Between Legal Clinic and Legal Aid
Charity Reg. # 124369497 RR 0001