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Estate of a Deceased Indian

This article explains that the Indian Act and Indian Estates Regulations normally govern the estate of a reserve resident who has died. Sometimes, however, the estate may come under the jurisdiction of the courts.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

In brief: Jurisdiction of Ontario Courts

This information sheet provides an overview of the structure of the courts in Ontario, including the jurisdictions of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

In Brief: Roles in the Criminal Justice System

This is a list of terms used to describe the roles of people you find in and around criminal justice system courtrooms, including “Accused,” “Judge,” “Jury,” “Lawyer,” and 24 more. 

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

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Make Sure You Count at Election Time: Learner Voting Guide

This resource answers questions about voting, including what a federal election is and why it is important. The resource tells how, when, and where to vote, and how to find out where candidates stand on literacy and adult education issues. It presents links to sources of information on elections and the structure of government in Canada.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

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Special Education

This section of the School Advocacy Hamilton web site describes how to meet the needs of students with disabilities and behaviour problems.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

What is a Gladue Court?

The Gladue court is designed to hear the cases of Aboriginal offenders and propose sentences that are more in line with Aboriginal traditions than imprisonment. This article provides the background and history of the Gladue court and explains how it is different from a regular court.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

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What is mediation?

This page of the Ontario Association for Family Mediators web site describes how mediation can be used to help family members come to an agreement. Family mediation can resolve, or stop some conflicts before they happen, by helping people agree on a plan of action, such as a marriage contract, separation agreement, or parenting plan.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

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Canada’s System of Justice

This publication offers a general description of the Canadian justice system. It explains what the law is, why laws are needed, and where Canada’s legal system comes from. It includes a section on the role of the public in ensuring that the law works properly and that justice is done.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2005

Making a Will

This self-help kit includes a glossary of legal terms and sections that talk about who can make a will, what types of wills there are, and when to use a lawyer.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Wrongful Dismissal and Your Rights Under the Law

This brief article presents key points about employee rights and the law of wrongful dismissal. It explains what employers can and cannot legally do when terminating an employee. The article was written by Ian Aitken of the Community Legal Clinic – Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2005