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Equality PLE: What works well? Lessons from the UK, Europe and the world

This best practices guide canvasses a variety of successful PLEI projects around the world and emphasizes the importance of conceptualizing PLEI as extending beyond the provision of legal information to include the capacity to act on it. Despite the focus on equality based PLEI, the observations are relevant to all PLEI work.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Advice Now

Author(s):

Advice Now

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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How to do equality PLE

This report notes that people are less likely to confront issues of discrimination than they are any other legal issues. The authors link PLEI and social justice on the basis that legally capable individuals are well positioned to become meaningfully involved in issues arising in their communities. PLEI, especially that which is equality based,

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Advice Now

Author(s):

Advice Now

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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Knowledge, capability and the experience of rights problems

This report documents the results of an extensive survey conducted by the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Survey in connection with how people deal with law-related problems. Of particular concern was the impact of a lack of legal capability in areas as diverse as health affects, income loss, accessing legal advice and legal outcomes.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Denvir, Catrina; Balmer, Nigel J.; Buck, Alexy; Patel, Ash; Pleasance, Pascoe

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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Measuring young people’s legal capability

This Public Legal Education Network (Plenet) report documents the findings of research it commissioned looking at young people’s legal capability within disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The work is premised on an in depth contemplation of the components of legal capability. Behavioural competencies such as knowledge of rights and remedies, the ability to spot a legal issue and plan a dispute resolution strategy,

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Parle, Lewis John

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Potential for Public Legal Education in Adult Learning: Report on a Consultation with Adult Learning Experts

This UK paper sets out the findings of an inquiry conducted with a group of adult learning experts that sought their views of and experiences with PLE. Findings include the observation that effectively designed PLE aids users in avoiding legal crisis not just in addressing it once it has arisen. Participants stress the importance of stable government or community funding of PLE and the advisability of linking financial and legal capability programs.

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Gannaway, Howard; Casey, Lorraine

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Dimensions of Public Legal Education: What would a legally capable person look like?

This article approaches the issues central to defining legal capability so as to avoid over-simplification. Legal capability is said to be based on the notion of empowerment and includes not only legal knowledge but also communication skills and the confidence to engage with the legal system. Disadvantaged communities are the target audience.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Gannaway, Howard

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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Developing capable citizens: The role of public legal education

This review illuminates the struggles faced by PLEI agencies in effective delivery, needs assessment and comprehensive curriculum building. Beginning with an overview of obstacles in the PLE world including short term funding, isolated initiatives, etc., this review provides recommendations regarding delivery methods, quality of material and departmental organization of PLE agencies.

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Public Legal Education and Support (PLEAS) Task Force

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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Developing capable citizens: The role of public legal education, The Report of the PLEAS Task Force (UK)

PLEAS (Public Legal Education and Support) was formed to examine strategies for PLE in the United Kingdom. In 2006, PLEAS Task Force members took a year to define public legal education (PLE) and make the case for PLE across government, among policy makers, within the legal, advice, and education professions, and in the volunteer and community sectors.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Public Legal Education and Support (PLEAS) Task Force

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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Education Implications from the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Survey

This research by the Legal Services Research Centre was published in 2007 as an annex to the PLEAS Task Force Report, ‘Developing Capable Citizens: The Role of Public Legal Education’. Using data from their 2004 survey of representative households, the detailed findings indicate that there is a strong association between knowledge of rights and processes and success in dealing with legal problems.

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Balmer, Nigel J.; Buck, Alexy; Pleasance, Pascoe

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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Public legal education evaluation framework

In order to advance PLE policy and practice in the United Kingdom, the Public Legal Education Network (Plenet) commissioned this evaluation framework to define legal capability and examine the impact of PLE projects and programs on people’s legal capability. The report also considers options for measuring levels of legal capability.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Wintersteiger, Lisa; Jones, Martin; Seargeant, John