Frequently Asked Questions
- What does CCLA do?
- Can you represent me in court?
- Can I make an appointment with one of your lawyers to discuss my legal problem?
- Can CCLA fund my case?
- How does CCLA fund its cases?
- How do I make a donation to CCLA?
- Why are CCLA memberships and donations not tax receiptable?
- How do I make a donation to CCLET?
- I have a question about donations that isn’t answered here, where can I find more information?
- How can I arrange for a guest speaker in my class?
- What does it mean when CCLA gains “intervenor status” on a case?
- How long does it take, on average, to see a case through completion?
- I am a lawyer. Can I do pro bono work for CCLA?
- I am a law student. Can I obtain an articling position at CCLA?
- Can I get a copy of one of your legal submissions?
CCLA is a national civil liberties organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties in Canada. To advance these objectives we participate in litigation as a party and as an intervenor; speak to government committees preparing legislation at provincial and federal levels; hold public meetings and rallies; make representations before public inquiries; conduct surveys of people’s experiences with various laws; publish articles and appear regularly in the mass media; hold seminars and have education programs for students as young as grade 3 through high school, university and law school.
Can you represent me in court?
CCLA does not generally take clients or represent people directly. Please contact the law society in your province for help finding a lawyer.
CCLA does not generally represent people directly or provide legal advice. We recommend that you engage a lawyer in private practice or a community legal clinic to assist with your legal issues. If your lawyer believes that your case involves any issues where we might be helpful, the lawyer may contact us without fee.
CCLA does not fund individual cases.
CCLA raises funds from the general public and private donors. In order to maintain our independence, we do not accept money from the government. The lawyers who do work for us usually do so on a pro bono basis.
Please click here to visit our donation page. You may also call us at 416-363-0321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations and membership to CCLA are not tax-receiptable. However, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a registered charity and is able to issue tax receipts for donations.
The Canada Revenue Agency does not permit groups that engage in advocacy work to be registered as charities or to issue tax receipts. Only our charitable arm, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, is able to issue tax receipts for donations. The Trust operates programs of research and education in the field of human rights and civil liberties.
Please click here to visit our donation page. You may also call us at 416-363-0321 or email email@example.com. The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust is a registered charity and is able to issue tax receipts for donations. (Charitable registration number: 106 844 384 RR 0001)
You can visit our Donor FAQ page, which provides detailed information about different ways to make a donation, how to become a monthly donor, etc.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-363-0321 to arrange for a speaker.
“Intervenor status” is a legal term that means a court has made a formal decision to grant CCLA the right to participate in the proceedings before the court and provide comment on the legal issues being considered. The case may be between two private parties, or between the government and a private party. CCLA seeks to intervene and make legal arguments on civil liberties issues on behalf of all Canadians so that their rights are protected, preserved, and perhaps even expanded.
Case length varies considerably and is influenced by many factors, such as level of court and jurisdiction. The complexity of the facts, legal arguments, and issues can also affect the duration of a case. Decisions in Supreme Court of Canada cases are frequently handed down between six and twelve months from the date of the hearing, though in some cases decisions may take longer.
If you are a lawyer interested in doing legal work for the CCLA please write to email@example.com for more information.
Our ability to take articling students is funding-dependent and can vary from year to year. For more information contact the career centre at your law school or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of our factums are available on our website, www.ccla.org.