General Resources

If you are a member of the public looking for some legal information, please explore the following resources.

Information for the Public

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Our work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario's legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.


Law Society of Upper Canada: Public Information Guide

The Law Society recently published a public legal information guide, "Handling everyday legal problems: Information to help you make good choices". The guide provides references to civil legal information and service resources in Ontario. It is intended to be a reference guide that points people in the direction of credible, reliable and free legal information.

This guide was developed as a result of the Ontario Civil Legal Needs project, a partnership between the Law Society, Pro Bono Law Ontario and Legal Aid Ontario, with financial support from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The guide is available online in accessible format in English and French on our 'For the public' webpage on our website: Specifically:


CLEO: Youth Criminal Law

This site has information for youth aged 12-17 regarding their rights vis-a-vis the youth criminal justice system and is available in both English and French. It has sections on the following:

  • Talking to the police
  • Hiring a lawyer
  • Steps in a youth case
  • Court orders
  • Youth records
  • Getting a job with a record
  • Travelling with a record