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Office of the Children's Lawyer Panels

The OCL is an independent office that operates within the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division.  The Children's Lawyer for Ontario is appointed on the recommendation of the Attorney General to independently represent the personal and property rights of children in a range of legal proceedings including custody and access disputes, child protection cases, civil litigation and estates and trusts litigation.

Personal Rights Lawyers within the office represent children in various areas of law, including child custody and access disputes and child protection proceedings.

Clinicians conduct investigations and prepare s. 112 reports for the court in custody and access disputes and may assist lawyers who are representing children in such matters.

Property Rights Lawyers represent the Children's Lawyer who acts as a litigation guardian for minor children in civil litigation and estates and trust matters.     

 

Empanelment Opportunities

Personal Rights Legal Panel Members
On April 1, 2009 the Children’s Lawyer completed the selection of qualified lawyers to provide legal services on behalf of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in the following areas of the law:
 
  • Courts of Justice Act
  • Child & Family Services Act (Child Protection)  
  • Divorce Act, Children’s Law Reform Act (Custody/Access)  

Successful candidates demonstrated an aptitude for representing children and have experience in family law.

 

  

Clinical Panel Members
On April 1, 2009 the Children’s Lawyer completed the selection of qualified Clinicians to provide clinical services on behalf of children through the Office of the Children's Lawyer in the following areas of the law:
 
  • Courts of Justice Act
  • Divorce Act, Children’s Law Reform Act (Custody/Access)  
Successful candidates possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work or equivalent and have experience working with families and children. 
Applying to the Clinical Panel
 

  

Property  Rights Legal Panel Members

The Children’s Lawyer will consider applications from qualified lawyers to support the delivery of legal services to the Children’s Lawyer on behalf of minors in Ontario.

Successful candidates will qualify to be members of a panel of lawyers who can provide legal services to the OCL Property Rights Department in the area of civil litigation, personal injury and /or estates and trust litigation.

The OCL makes no promise or commitment to retain any lawyer on the panel, nor is the OCL restricted to the lawyers on the Panel.  The OCL will not guarantee the volume of work or value of work which might be assigned to the selected applicants.  The OCL may retain other legal service providers for the same or similar services and may obtain the same or similar services internally.
   

 

Accessibility

We are committed to continuously improving accessibility of our services and our website. Disability-related accommodation and accessible alternative formats can be provided upon request to access and use our website and documents.

 

If you have any feedback, concerns or suggestions about accessibility for people with disabilities, please contact us by email at oclapplications@ontario.ca, by phone at 416-314-6634, or by mail at: Office of the Children’s Lawyer, 393 University Avenue, 14th floor, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E6, Attention: Empanelment and Training Coordinator.