Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Prince Edward Island Legal Aid

Province/Territory
Prince Edward Island

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered
Family legal aid provides direct legal representation and assistance by lawyers to individuals who cannot afford to hire a private law firm lawyer when faced with a serious family or related civil legal problem.

Family applications involving domestic violence or threats to the personal security of the applicant or children in a family situation are given the highest priority for assistance. Financial eligibility rules may be waived or relaxed to enable access to legal counsel in emergency situations where there is a risk to personal security.

In less urgent family situations, priority is focused on the legal needs of dependent children. Prioritized needs in this category include custody, access, financial support, and housing.

Other civil legal aid services covered by PEI Legal Aid are closely related to family law. The areas of law that are covered presently include child protection law, involuntary hospitalization under mental health laws, guardianship, and adult protection. Limited assistance may be offered in other civil law areas depending on the availability of resources.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Department of Justice and Public Safety, Legal Aid Division

How to access this service
You may apply for legal aid in person, by phone or by e-mail, or another family justice agency can refer you.

Location(s)
Prince Edward Island Legal Aid
Main Office
40 Great George Street
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: 902-368-6043
Fax 902-368-6122
Email:
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English and French. Translation services are provided as required.

Publications/information
Government of PEI Web site - Legal Aid
The Annual Report is available through the contact person below.

Costs
Most legal services are free of charge to eligible applicants. Applicants may be asked to cover some costs such as disbursements, fees for document production and service, witness fees, and reports by experts and consultants.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Prince Edward Island does not have specific legal aid legislation. The program is operated under the general powers of the Office of the Attorney General.

Contact person(s)
Prince Edward Island Legal Aid
40 Great George Street
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: 902-368-6043
Fax 902-368-6122
Email:

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