Steps to Justice – A new legal information website, and more

Studies have shown that almost 50 percent of Canadians over the age of 18 will experience at least one civil or family law problem in a three year period that they consider serious. And public awareness of the law is very low – many don’t understand that certain problems have a legal component, but view them as simply bad luck or bureaucratic problems.

So, how best to help people in Ontario understand and take action to deal with legal problems?

Led by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment, and other areas of law.

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Steps to Justice:

  • equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
  • includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions

What is unique about Steps to Justice?

Several justice sector partners are informing and reviewing the content to ensure that it is accurate and practical. And justice sector and community organizations will be able to embed Steps to Justice content on their own websites for free – meaning that your clients can access legal information without having to leave your website. And, you’ll be able to pick the type of content you want to share with – anything from a single question and answer to a full area of law.

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This means that Ontarians looking for practical legal information online will be able to access it easily and quickly – and know that it is reliable – no matter where their search begins.

Who else is involved in Steps to Justice?

Steps to Justice is a collaborative project of justice sector organizations. It is a signature initiative of The Action Group on Access to Justice, and benefitted from the early support of the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Partner organizations are sharing their vision, expertise, and resources to make this ground-breaking project possible. Steps to Justice partners include:

  • the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • the Superior Court of Justice
  • the Ontario Court of Justice
  • Social Justice Tribunals Ontario
  • the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Legal Aid Ontario
  • the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario
  • the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
  • the Ontario Justice Education Network

How can I embed Steps to Justice content on my organization’s website?

You can start the simple process to embed Steps to Justice content by registering here.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the Steps to Justice website, and see today’s Toronto Star article about the project. Or, view the short video below.

Steps to Justice from CLEO on Vimeo.

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