Tapping the Community Voice: Looking at Family Law Self-Help through an Access to Justice Lens

In March, 2008, CLEO hosted a "think tank" on the use of self-help family law materials by low income and marginalized communities. Preliminary research, conducted by CLEO indicated that self-help tools and materials would be useful to low-income individuals, but that providing them would have certain challenges and implications that should be explored before proceeding. The overall objective of the Think Tank was to explore these issues by bringing together community organizations as well as policy-makers, academics, members of the judiciary, and others involved in the Ontario justice system to discuss the effectiveness of self-help family law materials and initiatives for these communities. The report discusses themes and recommended next steps.