Legal Service Provision in Northern Canada
Summary of Research in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon
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.
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.
|Programs and Activities
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.
|Type of Unmet Need
|Justice System and Legal Services
|Other Civil Law Matters
|Criminal Law Procedures
|Implications of the YCJA*
|Domestic violence legislation
* Youth Criminal Justice Act.
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