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Community Legal Services
What is Community Legal Services?
Community Legal Services is a non-profit organization funded by Legal Aid Ontario and The University of Western
Ontario, providing free legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer. The clinic is staffed by Western Law
students working under the supervision of Review Lawyers.
Who is eligible?
All fee paying full-time post secondary students of Fanshawe College are eligible for these free legal services. The
cost of these services are subsidized by the Fanshawe Student Union. Community Legal Services has been contracted to
provide these services at the UWO Campus.
What does it include?
At the present time, the areas of law include:
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Criminal Law (summary offences)
- Charter of Rights challenges
- Small Claims Court representation
- Public Legal Education
- Student Appeals
- Affidavits and notarial services
Dispute Resolution Centre
The DRC is a not-for-profit organization which provides mediation services to residents of London and Middlesex
County who wish to resolve their disputes quickly, efficiently and inexpensively. Operated by law students under
the supervision of a Faculty Member at the University of Western Ontario, the DRC can help you develop solutions
to conflict in an organized and informal way.
Mediation is a process which is flexible to the needs of the parties. Solving your problem with the assistance of the DRC has many advantages. Our service is...
Avoid the costs of going to court! The DRC services are free.
We will contact all participants within a few days. The mediation process can be completed in as little as two weeks.
Mediations can be arranged to accommodate your schedule: day, evening or weekend.
You can work through your conflict in a relaxed, neutral and private setting. The mediation process will not result in court or police records.
All information is held in strict confidence.
HAVE A CONFLICT?
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEDIATION PROCESS?
Not Court or Counselling
A Community Mediation Centre
FACULTY OF LAW
The University of Western Ontario
The DRC is a not-for-profit organization which provides mediation services to residents of London and Middlesex County who wish to resolve their disputes quickly, efficiently and inexpensively. Operated by law students under the supervision of a Faculty Member at the University of Western Ontario, the DRC can help you develop solutions to conflict in an organized and informal way.
The DRC is financially supported by various government and community grants and donations.
Contacts in the community include the London Police Department, the Better Business Bureau, and Community Legal Services.
Choosing to resolve your dispute through mediation allows you to choose your own settlement and maintain full control over the outcome.
Mediation is a process for people who want to resolve their own conflicts and avoid escalation of a dispute. During the mediation process, two trained mediators provide the framework for effective communication between the parties in conflict.
A mediator does not take sides, decide who is right or wrong or impose solutions. Rather, the mediator acts as a neutral third party setting ground rules, focusing discussion and creating a safe and fair environment where the parties can resolve their differences.
Each person will be given equal opportunity to present the issue from their perspective and to listen and respond to the other party's concerns.
The mediation process is flexible to the needs of those involved. Attention is focused on each person's interests as the parties are in full control of the outcome.
When you reach an agreement that is acceptable to you, we will encourage you to put it in writing as a sign of your commitment to the solution.
The DRC can assist in creating fair and lasting solutions to problems such as:
(noise, pets, boarders)
Employment Related Disputes
Consumer - Merchant Conflicts
*** Note that the DRC does not mediate disputes involving child custody, pending criminal charges or matters involving money in excess of the Small Claims Court limit.
Make an appointment
You can schedule an appointment at:
Campus Legal Services, Room 126 Law BLG
University of Western Ontario
Western & Lambton Rd.
It is requested students call prior to going to the office as hours have been modified due to COVID-19.