Community Legal Workers (CLWs) provide legal, paralegal, and law-related services to the band members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).

Community Legal Workers work with justice personnel and NAN communities. They help clients with legal matters and are often the first point of contact for clients in the court process. They help clients apply for Legal Aid and to find a lawyer.

Community Legal Workers help clients through the justice system and to understand the legal process.

Community Legal Workers function as:

  • Court workers
  • Interpreters for clients,  Duty Counsel, and defense lawyers
  • Commissioners of Oaths for Swearing Affidavits
  • Links between NALSC and the First Nation communities.

A Community Legal Worker works with the Advice Lawyer and assist with the Public Legal Education program.

Some of the Community Legal Workers reside in the communities they serve. Other  Community Legal Workers have office locations in  Sioux Lookout,  Thunder Bay or Timmins.

The Community Legal Workers speak the language of the communities they serve.

Advance Days & Courts

Community Legal Workers attend court in each of the communities they serve.  Some of them also attend courts held in urban centers, e.g. Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout,  Geraldton, Hearst, Timmins,  Cochrane, and Moosonee.

Community Legal Workers are required to be available in the community on the day before court (Advance Day)  and on the Court Day – for all fly-in Courts.

Advance Day is a good time to have your Community Legal Worker help you, e.g. completing forms (e.g. birth registration. etc.) or to have an affidavit sworn.

To contact the Community Legal Worker for your community, please click: Community Legal Workers 2021