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Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) is defined as “an activity that seeks in a systematic way to provide people with the opportunity to obtain information about the law and the justice system in a form that is timely and appropriate to their needs, but does not include advocacy or representation on behalf of individuals, nor the provision of legal advice” (Department of Justice Access to Justice Agreement 2007-2009).

Links to related resources are listed below.

LawMatters at Your Local Public Library; A History of BC’s Program for Public Legal Information and Education in Public Libraries

Author: Janet Freeman, Nancy Hannum
Year and Publisher: 2015, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Description: An article that charts the growing role of public libraries and public librarians as partners in access to legal information in British Columbia
Link: http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/sites/default/files//A%20History%20of%20LawMatters%20at%20your%20local%20public%20library.pdf

Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI)

Author: Department of Justice
Year and Publisher: 2011, PLEI Coordination and Resource Unit, Programs Branch, Department of Justice
Description: Explanation of PLEI and the ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘who’ behind the government programs.
Link: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/pb-dgp/prog/plei-pvij.html

Interim Report on Law Help Ontario

Author: Toby Young et al.
Year and Publisher: 2008, Pro Bono Law Ontario
Description: “In December 2007, Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) launched Law Help Ontario (LHO), a two year pilot project at 393 University Avenue funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, with a mandate to improve access to justice for low-income, unrepresented Ontarians with civil matters before the Superior Court of Justice who face barriers relating to the procedural and substantive aspects of their cases.”
Link: http://www.pblo.org/library/attachment.130707

Target: Fair and Reasonable Public Access to All Legal Information – Improving Access to Justice = Objectif: Accès équitable et Raisonnable du Public à toute l’Information Juridique – Amélioration de l’Accès à la Justice

Author: Kathryn Arbuckle
Year and Publisher: 2005, News & Views on Civil Justice Reform; Idées et actualités sur la réforme de la justice civile
Description: “…our experience over the past year indicates a content gap in the range of legal information generally available to the public and that available in proprietary resources widely used by the legal community. This can result in a limiting of access to justice for self-represented litigants and unrepresented accused.”
Link: newsviews08-en.pdf

McGuinty Government Launches “Justice Ontario” Website and Hotline

Author: Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Year and Publisher: 2008, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Description: “A new one-stop entry point will help Ontarians find answers about their justice system.”
Link: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2008/20080827-jo-nr.asp

The Internet has become Indispensible to the Legal World

Author: Ian Mulgrew
Year and Publisher: 2008, Vancouver Sun
Description: “The Internet should be the first stop for anyone interested in launching a lawsuit, learning about the law, keeping abreast of a particular case or following legal debates.”
Link: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=78d4ab4e-329f-4fc9-a420-9f39fd9628be

Evaluation of Public Legal Education and Information: An Annotated Bibliography

Author: Lindsay Cader
Year and Publisher: 2002, Department of Justice Canada, Research and Statistics Division
Description: This annotated bibliography digests academic literature, government documents and program reports regarding the evaluation of public legal education and information (PLEI). In collecting materials for review, emphasis was placed on the Canadian PLEI context and materials that have been produced over the last five years.
Link: plei_evaluation.pdf