The Evolving Legal Services Research Project
How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems. The research, conducted at legal clinics, will look at PLEI provided at various points along the legal services continuum, with the goal of identifying when PLEI is effective on a primarily stand-alone or self-help basis and when a fuller continuum of legal services, including PLEI, is required. This research will provide Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario (CLEO) with insights into the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.