Legal Services for Those Incarcerated in Kingston
For incarcerated individuals, gaining access to justice can be challenging. Frequently, prisoners are required to serve time outside of their home communities and, as a result, have limited access to their families and lawyers. As a lawyer with an established practice in Kingston, Ontario, I represent the interests of prisoners upon referral by counsel or at the request of family members.
Distance from important people should not impede an incarcerated person's ability to exercise his or her rights. The services provided by me, Leslie H. Morley, under the banner of Morley Law Office in Kingston, include administrative advocacy and representation at board hearings. As an immigration lawyer, I also handle immigration issues for those in prison.
Incarcerated people are subject to a distinct set of rules, imposed on them by law and the policies of the correctional institution where they reside. Prisoners, however, do have important legal rights in Canada. In my practice, I help families who are having difficulty accessing their loved ones in prison. I also represent prisoners at parole hearings and in the resolution of disputes with authorities within the prison system.
When lawyers require communication with and access to their client, but face barriers due to distance or the regulations of the institution, I am a conduit or can be counsel of record to perform legal services such as having affidavits sworn and documents signed.
My commitment to prisoners' rights is long-standing. I am currently a member of the Prison Law Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario's Area Committee for the Durham-Frontenac Region. I am a former President of the Ontario Prison Lawyers Association and the Canadian Prison Law Association.