Application - Federal Court Legal Assistance Program (FCLAP)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS (APPENDIX A TO APPLICATION FORM)
Federal Court Legal Assistance Program (FCLAP)
Terms and Conditions (Appendix A to Application Form)
Unless stated otherwise, the Federal Court Legal Assistance Program (FCLAP) means individuals volunteering to work for and/or assist in the operation of its program.
Please note that the FCLAP was developed by volunteer lawyers. The program will be administered by volunteer lawyers and not by the Federal Court Registry. However, Registry staff may distribute and receive material related to the program from individuals who are interested in its services
Individuals who apply for and/or receive the services of FCLAP to evaluate their file and possibly attempt to find them a pro bono lawyer understand and agree to the following terms and conditions:
- FCLAP as an organization evaluates, and if certain criteria are met as explained in the Application Form, attempts to find a lawyer willing to provide pro bono legal services to individualsFCLAP at no time enters into a lawyer/client relationship with the individuals it assists;
- FCLAP cannot assist any individual who has already hired a lawyer to represent them in a case before the Federal Court;
- FCLAP is not responsible for complying with any time limits (deadlines) related to the Federal Court case of the individual who applies for or receives its services;
- Information provided to FCLAP by the individuals who apply for or receive its services must be true and accurate to the best knowledge and belief of the individual providing it;
Communications between FCLAP volunteers and individuals who apply for or receive its services shall be confidential. However, in relation to these individuals:
- FCLAP volunteers are authorized to speak with any lawyer or other person who has assisted with or is involved in their Federal Court case; and,
- FCLAP is authorized to provide information to any lawyer who may be willing to assist.
- FCLAP is authorized to review the court files of individuals who apply for or receive its services;
Information or documents provided to or prepared by FCLAP may be:
- Stored by its volunteers in a physical storage space and/or electronically, and/or on a third party's cloud server or other like storage spaces provided on the Internet;
- Scanned, transcribed, typed or photocopied as is required for the purposes of advancing their file;
- Used for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of FCLAP’s program. However, unless specific consent is provided, the confidentiality of the personal information of individuals who apply for or receive FCLAP'S services, including their name, address, and other personal information will be maintained.
- FCLAP is authorized to contact individuals who apply for or receive its services for the purpose of answering questions about the value of its services, but the individual contacted may refuse to participate;
FCLAP, including any volunteer working for and/or assisting it, has the right to withdraw its services for reasons including but not limited to the following:
- A opinion has been reached that the individual who applies for or receives the services of the FCLAP does not, or no longer has, a reasonable chance of success in the Federal Court;
- A high volume of services has already been provided, and it has been determined that further provision of services is not justified in all of the circumstances; and,
- There has been a breakdown in the relationship.
- FCLAP is released from all claims whatsoever allegedly arising from the use of its services.