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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

Bail

This LawFacts information sheet answers questions about bail, including What is bail? What happens at a bail hearing? Why would the police decide to bring someone to bail court? and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Being a surety

This LawFacts resource answers questions about being a surety, such as What is a surety?, Can I be a surety?, Will I have to speak in court if I want to be a surety?, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

First appearance

This LawFacts information sheet answers questions about what happens when you have been charged with a criminal offence and you are attending your first court date, including: What should I bring to my first appearance date?, Who is the Crown?, What should I do when my name is called in court?, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Impaired driving investigations

This section of the RCMP website provides information on tests, criminal charges, penalties, suspensions, and prohibitions related to alcohol and drug impaired driving. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

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

Adult sentencing

This LawFacts resource answers questions about adult sentencing, including, what is a sentence? when does sentencing happen? what is a sentencing hearing? and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Criminal charges in Canada and your immigration status

This resource offers basic information about what being charged with a crime in Canada can mean for a person’s immigration status. It explains what a removal order does and what can be done to protect one’s status and stay in Canada.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Infographic: What to do before your first appearance at criminal court

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has prepared an infographic that explains what you can expect at your first appearance. There is both an infographic and a text version of the information. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017