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What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador {PLIAN) offers a lawyer referral service. This allows you to meet with a lawyer from anywhere from across the province who has registered with the Lawyer Referral Service. These lawyers will offer a 30-minute consultation at a flat rate of $40, with no obligation beyond this 30-minute consultation. Please note that rates do change, so be sure to confirm this cost with PLIAN before making the booking. This is a less expensive option of having a matter reviewed.

Legal Aid NL services may be available to individuals with low incomes in the areas of family and criminal law.  You must apply for this service.  Please visit for more information.

While not recommended, you may wish to represent yourself.  If you so decide, you may wish to consult the Law Library and/or the public library in order to prepare your case. Information for self-representing litigants can be found here.