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Public Legal Education: A Proposal for Development

This proposal summarizes responses to a paper proposing a national PLEI strategy in the UK. Respondents noted that PLEI must receive core government funding but should be delivered and designed independently. Additionally, PLEI is part of an integrated approach to the provision of legal services but cannot be a substitute for legal advice and representation […]

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Advice Services Alliance; Citizenship Foundation; Legal Action Group

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Public legal education: Helping people understand and exercise their legal rights

This transcript of a 2005 Community Legal Education Ontario conference on PLE delivery and evaluation includes an outline of the concepts underlying PLE, provides answers to frequently asked questions PLE agencies often ask when developing PLE resources, and examines relevant factors in PLE evaluation.

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Lindberg, Caroline

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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The Civil Justice System and the Public: Highlights of the Alberta Pilot

This article outlines the major findings of an Alberta PLE evaluation study, with a focus on communication between the civil justice system and the public. Findings include the conclusion that the public cannot easily locate legal information and that they prefer to get it by way of in person communication. Where that is impossible, telephone […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Stratton, Mary; Gander, Lois Elaine; Lowe, Diana

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Developing a coordinated service model for self representing litigants: Proposed Service Vision and Program Design

This report covers phase two of the Self-Representing Litigants project in British Columbia. It focuses on developing a service vision, model, and implementation plan for a Self-Represented Litigants’ Self-Help Centre in family and civil justice. The projects tries to determine a model for coordinating self-help legal services at two Vancouver courthouses and to develop a […]

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English

Author(s):

Reid, Gayla; Malcolmson, John; Senniw, Donna

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Institutional Change: Building an inclusive OCASI network and enhancing the participation of African and Haitian Canadian Francophone Communities

Sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, this project aimed to provide black French-speaking African and Haitian immigrants in Ontario, as well as the Francophone organizations that serve those communities, an opportunity to define their needs and develop strategies to address those needs within the OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) network and within […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Just between you and me: a peer public legal education and information (PLEI) programme for women in family violence situations

The “Just Between You and Me” project was designed to provide public legal education and information (PLEI) peer support to women who had experienced family violence and assess its validity as a model for PLEI delivery. The goal of the project was for peers to share this information within their own networks of family, coworkers, […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Broad, Gayle; Hagerty, Anne

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Legal Consciousness: Some Observations

This study explores the circumstances under which welfare recipients choose to challenge decisions denying them public housing. The data was interpreted based on three themes: dignity, the ability to make sense of decisions, and the ‘spaces of production’ of legal consciousness. Interviewees felt that their dignity was undermined by the failure of the bureaucracy to […]

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English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Cowan, David

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Self-Represented Litigants in Nova Scotia: Needs Assessment Study

The Self-Represented Litigants Project of the court services division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice surveyed the litigants, judges and court staff to identify needs and to make recommendations to improve services and develop accessible programs. Self-represented litigants are said to lack knowledge regarding forms completion, the rules of evidence and case presentation and […]

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English

Author(s):

Paton, Anna; Withrow, Yetta

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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The role of PLEI in poverty law services

This paper explores the role of public legal education and information (PLE or PLEI) in the delivery of poverty law services, specifically within the context of the Ontario community legal clinic system. It reviews poverty law literature to highlight the potential of PLEI and then examines its role within the context of the clinic system. […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

McDonald, Susan

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Legal Information and Advice Provision in Scotland: A Review of Evidence

The purpose of this research project was to review the existing evidence on six key topic areas related to the provision of legal advice and information. The areas of study were: IT, outreach, referral, quality standards, the role of lawyers and non-lawyers and the use of contracts for legal services in England and Wales. A […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Blake Stevenson Ltd with Office for Public Management

Produced/Updated In:

2003