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Community Justice Help: Advancing Community-Based Access to Justice

This report proposes a framework for “community justice help” that discusses the core principles behind good-quality community justice help and offers markers of good quality. The draft framework has been informed by recent research conducted by CLEO and the uOttawa Faculty of Law into how community workers and other trusted intermediaries can be better supported […]

Available in:

English

Produced by:

UOttawa Faculty of Law

Author(s):

Mathews, Julie; Wiseman, David

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Law… What is it Good For? How People see the Law, Lawyers and Courts in Australia

This report explores findings from an Australian study canvassing people’s attitudes to the relevance of the law and lawyers in various everyday scenarios. In particular, the study and report measure: how accessible people feel courts and lawyers are how confident they are when faced with legal issues to what extent people recognise law as relevant […]

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English

Author(s):

Balmer, Nigel J.; Pleasance, Pascoe; Hagland, Tenielle; McRae, Cosima

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Victoria Legal Aid: Information services literature scan

This report provides an overview of legal information services provided in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It also describes six pieces of research on legal information issues, including two CLEO reports: Building an understanding of legal capability Public Legal Education and Information in Ontario Communities: Formats and Delivery Channels The report was prepared to help […]

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English

Author(s):

Randell, Sarah

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Resolving legal problems: the role of disadvantage

This report is one of a series of reports analyzing data from a nation-wide survey conducted in Australia on legal capability. Researchers found a correlation between legal problem resolution, level of disadvantage, and legal capability. Specifically, disadvantaged Australians are more likely to experience legal problems and less likely to resolve their legal problems than other […]

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English

Author(s):

McDonald, Hugh McIntosh; Wei, Zhigang

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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How people solve legal problems: level of disadvantage and legal capability

This paper analyzes data from an Australian survey on legal needs to determine which groups of people are less likely to take action in response to legal problems – and why. Specifically, the paper addresses those groups of people who responded that they had taken no action in response to legal problems because they didn’t […]

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English

Author(s):

McDonald, Hugh McIntosh

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Nudging the Paradigm Shift, Everyday Legal Problems in Canada

This report addresses the need to try to get away from sheer problem solving processes and move toward more holistic ways of delivering access to justice that focus on social as well as legal needs. Topics canvassed include the financial costs of accessing justice, and the need to help people build legal capability to address […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Currie, Ab

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Beyond great expectations: designing relevant, realistic and effective community legal education and information

This report outlines the limits of public legal education and information (PLE) strategies and stresses that PLE should not necessarily be seen as a stand-alone tool to achieve legal empowerment or as a fully effective way to help people prevent legal problems. The author argues that it is vital to consider how PLE strategies “dovetail” […]

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English

Author(s):

Forell, Suzie

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Don’t smoke, don’t be poor, read before signing: Linking health literacy and legal capability

This discussion paper aims to shares ideas and promising practices from health literacy and promotion work share information about health literacy practices with public legal education providers in order to help improve the legal capability of vulnerable people in Ontario.

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English

Author(s):

Community Legal Education Ontario

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Health Inequality and Access to Justice: Young People, Mental Health and Legal Issues

This report describes research on the links between mental health, everyday legal problems related to social welfare, and legal capability, as they relate to marginalized youth. Researchers found that young people not in education, employment, or training were between twice and five times as likely to experience mental health problems than other young people. Moreover, […]

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English

Produced by:

Youth Access

Author(s):

Balmer, Nigel J.; Pleasance, Pascoe; Hagell, Ann

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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How lawyers can support and empower communities to achieve change

This report included information from visits to the US and Canada on strategies to improve community education, community organizing, research, advocacy and reform, and advice and casework. The author was awarded a fellowship to examine whether community legal centres’ work could be made more effective using community organizing techniques. The report investigates how community organizers […]

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English

Author(s):

Farrell, James

Produced/Updated In:

2015