Simcoe County Legal Assistance

Office of the Crown Attorney – Barrie

705-739-6188

Bail Supervision Program, Simcoe County Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services

400 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON
705-737-4140
Provides supervision on behalf of the court when a person has been charged with an offence and released on bail.

Family law Information Centre

Court House
114 Worsley Street, Barrie, ON
705-739-6446
Resources for general family advise and court process.

Legal Aid Ontario

85 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON
705-737-3400
Free legal services.

Community Legal Clinic

85 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON
705-737-3400
Free legal services and advice.

Community Legal Clinic

275 First Street, Collingwood, ON
1-800-461-8653
Free legal services and advice.

Community Legal Clinic

71 Colborne Street East, Orillia, ON
705-326-6444
1-800-461-4953
Free legal services and advice.

Community Legal Clinic

362 Midland Avenue, Midland ON
1-800-461-8953
Free legal services and advice.

Victim/Witness Assistance Programme

705-739-6560 (call collect if long distance)
Provides victims and witnesses of crime with information, support and assistance throughout the court process. Priority is given to those who have experienced acute trauma.

THE LEGAL SYSTEM

The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are some basic terms you may hear.

Restraining Order
An order from the court directing one person not to do something (e.g. not communicate with a partner, not to take a child from the country, etc.). Typically issued in cases when relationship abuse or stalking is feared. You must go to Family court to get this order and you should keep it with you at all times.

Bail
When an accused person is arrested and charged with a criminal offence they can be released by the police at the station if they agree to certain conditions and to attend court on a specific date. Sometimes, the person will be held in custody and can only be released after there has been a bail hearing, where conditions and/or cash deposit are imposed.

Plea Bargaining
This is a negotiation between the Crown Attorney and the defence counsel.

Surety
In criminal proceedings, a person may assure that an accused person who has been granted bail will appear for his or her trial/or next scheduled court appearance, and that the accused will abide by certain conditions. They may or may not be required to post a sum of money or security.

Remand
To set a future date for a criminal proceeding.