Legal Service Provision in Northern Canada
Summary of Research in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon

11. PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

11. PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

Public legal education and information (PLEI) is an area where all three jurisdictions report significant unmet need, although current methods of PLEI delivery vary among the territories.

11.1 Current methods of PLEI delivery

PLEI delivery varies considerably between the three northern jurisdictions in terms of responsible organizations, programs and activities, and deliverers. The current methods of PLEI delivery across the three jurisdictions are summarized in Table 11.1.

Table 11.1 - Current Methods of PLEI Delivery
Jurisdiction Responsible Organization Programs and Activities PLEI Deliverers
Northwest Territories LSB
Nunavut NLSB
Yukon YPLEA

11.2 Unmet need for PLEI

Unmet need for PLEI is reported as extensive in all three jurisdictions. At the broadest level, the types of unmet need are similar:

  • Basic information on the functioning of the justice system and legal services
  • Information on family law
  • Information on other areas of civil law
  • Information on criminal law procedures

However, within these categories, specific needs do differ between the jurisdictions and more or less emphasis was placed on different categories or needs. Table 11.2 summarizes the extent and nature of unmet need for PLEI within these four categories and across the three jurisdictions.

Table 11.2 - Unmet Need for PLEI
Type of Unmet Need Northwest Territories Nunavut Yukon
Justice System and Legal Services
Family Law
Other Civil Law Matters
Criminal Law Procedures Implications of the YCJA* Domestic violence legislation

* Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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