The Indigenous Combined Court Work Program provides advocacy services to Indigenous people involved in the Canadian justice system and assistance to understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts.
The goal of the Indigenous Combined Court Work Program is to assist Indigenous adults and youths' charged with a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, separating couples and parents involved in a childs welfare matters to better understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts.
Assist Indigenous people to understand their rights to speak on their own behalf or legal counsel, to better understand the nature of the charges against them and the philosophy and functioning of the criminal justice system.
Assist in enhancing the awareness and appreciation of the values, customs, languages and socia-economic conditions Indigenous people in the part of those involved in the administration of the criminal justice system.
Respond to the problems and special needs caused by communication barriers which exist between Indigenous and those who are involved.
Ensure Indigenous people in Ontario have access to the best available legal and justice-related services prior to, during and following a court appearance and to maintain the effectiveness of those services.