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Review of Provincial and Territorial Domestic Violence Legislation and Implementation Strategies

While the PLEI focus in this comprehensive review is minimal, Section 5 of Part 1 provides interesting insights in terms of the efficacy of various written materials designed to educate the public in connection with this body of legislation. In particular, the author finds that general pamphlets and information sheets for both victims and respondents […]

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English

Author(s):

Roberts, Tim

Produced/Updated In:

2002

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Talking with the Public: The Public, Communication and the Civil Justice System

This paper examines the findings of research in Alberta in connection with the public’s perception and knowledge of the civil justice system including the importance of clear communication between legal practitioners and the public both in person and through PLE materials as a means of building legal capability.

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English

Author(s):

Stratton, Mary; Lowe, Diana

Produced/Updated In:

2002

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The Justice Debate: Facing the future. Public Legal Education – Unfinished business?

This short discussion paper links PLEI with the notion of citizenship and makes a series of best practices recommendations. Print materials require efficient targeting and regular updating. Internet based PLEI is said to work well for those who already have identified a legal problem but less so for more general usage. Both delivery methods work […]

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English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Ardill, Nony

Produced/Updated In:

2002

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The Promise of Law-Related Education As Delinquency Prevention

A review of the Law Related Education (LRE) experience indicates that LRE also has enormous potential to prevent delinquency, substance abuse, and other problem behaviours. As with many social programs, rigorous evaluations of LRE are scarce, but there is substantial evidence that the principles underlying LRE programs squarely address those factors that research has shown […]

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English

Author(s):

Caliber Associates

Produced/Updated In:

2002

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Women’s voices being heard: Responsive lawyering

This paper reports on a public legal education and information (PLE) project that targeted immigrant women who experienced domestic violence. The research was based on a model that ensured the involvement of the women at all levels of the project’s design and delivery so as to allow them to create and define their PLE needs. […]

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English

Author(s):

McDonald, Susan

Produced/Updated In:

2001

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Youth for Justice: A Descriptive Review of Research in Law Related Education

This descriptive review of research relating to LRE is organized into three parts. The first contains research studies devoted to the impact or effects of law-related education on students in school settings. The second section contains descriptions of studies relating to the process of implementing LRE in classrooms and schools. The third section presents studies […]

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English

Author(s):

Center for Education in Law and Democracy

Produced/Updated In:

2001

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Family Violence and the Deaf – Legal Education and Information Issues: A National Needs Assessment

This project provides a review of family law PLEI needs required for the deaf population, with a focus on those who use sign language as their primary mode of communication. Results indicated that few PLEI materials are provided for this target population and that greater steps need be taken in order to effectively deliver PLEI […]

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English

Author(s):

MacDougall, Jamie C

Produced/Updated In:

2000

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Nunavut Justice Issues: An Annotated Bibliography 2000-7e

This annotated bibliography brings together voices from across Canada, representing a cross-section of scholars, community justice workers, and government representatives to share some of the key elements that require consideration for community-based justice in the North (specifically in Nunavut). This collection addresses the Northern environment (social issues, crime and justice issues in the North), lessons […]

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English

Author(s):

Giff, Naomi

Produced/Updated In:

2000

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Online content for low-income and underserved Americans: The digital divide’s new frontier

This report is the latest in a series of strategic audits produced by The Children’s Partnership on subjects affecting young people. It assesses the so-called “digital divide” (the gap between those with access to online information and those without) and analyzes the “state of the art”. Recommendations are included for policymakers, corporate leaders, technology center […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

The Children’s Partnership

Produced/Updated In:

2000

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The Radical Promise of Public Legal Education in Canada

The author traces the emergence of PLEI to the 1960s and the radical promise of the American War on Poverty. It is her contention that the social justice and law reform goals of PLEI as it first appeared have been lost in favour of an approach that focuses on the content of law but omits […]

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English

Produced by:

University of Alberta

Author(s):

Gander, Lois Elaine

Produced/Updated In:

1999