For certain criminal matters, you may be able to get advice from Duty Counsel at the court house. Duty Counsel can explain the court process and give you informal advice about making a plea, asking for an adjournment, and appearing at a bail hearing or at sentencing. The Duty Counsel lawyer may appear with the accused to enter a plea but will not represent the accused or appear at trial.
Anyone can access Duty Counsel for certain criminal matters right at the courthouse. Be sure to go early.
There is no financial eligibility criteria and no cost to access duty counsel services.
Specialized Duty Counsel
Legal Aid Duty Counsel participates in case conferences with multiple appearances connected to the Mental Health Court in Saint John. Duty Counsel also represents individuals who have been found unfit for trial and who appear periodically before Mental Health Review Boards.
There are no financial eligibility criteria and no cost to access specialized duty counsel services.