Legal Services

If you urgently need a criminal lawyer : please contact : 514 954-3444 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

 If you participate in a protest and get arrested, the Head & Hands Legal Program will provide the service of a criminal lawyer pro bono. Priority is given to Black youth. Roberta Harthel Côté is available 24/7 at (514) 730-5000. Make sure to carry this information on you when you head out – we suggest writing it on your arm.

You can find a list of alternative resources here:

COVID – 19

Head & Hands Legal Services will be offered by phone and email only.

To book an appointment in the legal clinic to contact Blain – Legal Assistant Coordinator ( and for general program inquiries, partnerships, or to book a workshop to contact Charissa – Legal Program Director (

Project X aims to assist youth navigating racist institutions, and give them tools to better advocate for themselves and others.


Head & Hands’ Legal Program envisions a world where legal systems are transparent, accessible; where everyone is equipped with the information they need to self-advocate in all areas of law, obtain a positive outcome, and collaborate in collective action.


Head & Hands’ Legal Program works to improve legal literacy amongst youth and their communities through workshops, legal clinic, and one-on-one support. We educate young people about their rights, and the practical realities of those rights, to help them understand how to navigate the inequitable and oppressive systems like policing, housing, court, and immigration.


All Head & Hands Legal services are free for youth 12-25 years old. Youth can get in contact with the Legal Program Director or Legal Assistant to get answers for any type of legal question: whether it’s about your job, a problem with your landlord, family, criminal, immigration or more. We also have useful tools and resources. In some cases, we can also come to court with you for moral support, but not give you legal advice. 

Clients of any age are welcome to take advantage of advice and/or information from the volunteer lawyers at our legal clinics. We have a team of 10-12 volunteer lawyers with different areas of law expertise. Appointments are for half hour consultations (or fifteen minutes, with some lawyers). We ask for a suggested donation of $20 from those over 25 to help support additional legal services for youth.

Commissioner of Oaths

You can now have access to a Commissioner of Oaths at Head & Hands. The Commissioner of Oaths is someone who can witness signatures for affidavits or documents that require by law to be under oath. For example:

Letter of Authorization for Travel
Personal Statement
Document for Name Change

Suggested donation of $5 for these services. Do not hesitate to email the Legal Coordinator ( for questions or to set up an appointment.


Can’t get into the Head & Hands clinic? Try out these other community organizations instead:

YWCA Legal Clinic
514-866-9941 ext 293

MILE END Legal Clinic
99 Bernard Ouest
(4pm to 7pm)
1st come, 1st serve