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Steps to Justice – Criminal Law

This section of CLEO’s Steps to Justice website features legal information questions, answers and next steps on police stops and searches, rights of an arrested person, alcohol and drug offences, bail, peace bonds, guilty pleas and sentencing, going to criminal court, and getting legal help in criminal law. Other credits Led by CLEO, Steps to Justice is a […]

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check

When making a new application for a City of Toronto business licence, a a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check is mandatory. This page on the City of Toronto website has information on how to proceed with an application.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

City of Toronto

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Police Powers: Stops and Searches

This booklet sets out the rights of a person who is stopped, questioned, searched, arrested, or detained by the police. It also explains when the police can enter or search someone’s home.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Video

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Steps for getting a certified criminal record check

When you apply for a Criminal Record or Vulnerable Sector (VS) check, you may be required to give the police service or an accredited fingerprinting company a copy of your fingerprints. This page on the RCMP website provides more information on the fingerprinting process.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

This handbook is for any woman in Ontario who is being abused, or who has been abused, by her partner. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman’s rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Making a Complaint about the Police – Fillable form

The OIPRD accepts complaints about sworn police officers in Ontario. This includes municipal and regional police services and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).? You can make a complaint about the police using this online complaint form and submitting the form online.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

New changes to policing: Fact sheet on when and how a street check (also known as carding) can be done

Starting January 1, 2017, in certain circumstances, police must follow new rules about when and how they can ask someone to identify themselves. This fact sheet covers when the new rules apply and don’t apply, what an officer must do if they ask you for ID in a situation when the rules apply, and exceptions.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

New changes to policing: When and how a street check (also known as carding) can be done

Starting January 1, 2017, in certain circumstances, police must follow new rules about when and how they can ask someone to identify themselves. This resource covers when the new rules apply, the rules and what they mean for you, exceptions, managing data, and training. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017