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With help from Ryerson Law Research Centre, CLEO has put together an annotated bibliography of research on public legal education and information. This is a work in progress and we continue to add research reports on an ongoing basis.

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Title Author Organization Topic Location Date
The Cost of Uncertainty: Navigating the Boundary Between Legal Information and Legal Services in the Access to Justice Sector Bates, Emily; Bond, Jennifer University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Program Formats/delivery channels Canada 2016
The Development of Legal Aid Ontario’s Aboriginal Strategy Legal Aid Ontario Legal Aid Ontario Aboriginal communities Canada 2008
The Digital Divide: Access to digital technology for people in custody Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services Government of Western Australia People in custody Australia 2018
The Geography of Civil Legal Services in Ontario Baxter, Jamie The Ontario Civil Legal Needs Project Steering Committee Needs assessments Canada 2011
The Justice Debate: Facing the future. Public Legal Education – Unfinished business? Ardill, Nony Law for Life Theory United Kingdom 2002
The Lawyer is Not the Protagonist: Community Campaigns, Law and Social Change Gordon, Jennifer Fordham University School of Law Access to Justice; PLE development and delivery United States 2011
The National Self-represented Litigants Project: Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography (v.4) National Self-represented Litigants Project Windsor Law School Access to Justice Canada 2016
The outcomes of community legal education: a systematic review Forell, Suzie; Karras, Maria Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales Access to Justice; Evaluation Australia 2014
The Promise of Law-Related Education As Delinquency Prevention Caliber Associates American Bar Association Children, youth and students United States 2002
The Radical Promise of Public Legal Education in Canada Gander, Lois Elaine University of Alberta Theory Canada 1999
The role of PLEI in poverty law services McDonald, Susan Formats/delivery channels; General/Other Canada 2004
The Self-Help Center Census: A National Survey Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services American Bar Association Self-help United States 2014
Think Tank Family Justice: Final Report Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island Family law Canada 2012
Think Tank on Access to Family Justice – One Year Report Card Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island Family law Canada 2013
Toward National Standards for Publicly-Funded Legal Services Standing Committee on Access to Justice, Canadian Bar Association Canadian Bar Association Access to Justice Canada 2013
Tracking Action on Canada’s Justice Development Goals: A2J Progress in 2017 Brown, Meredith Canadian Forum on Civil Justice; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice Access to Justice Canada 2017
Trusted Help: The role of community workers as trusted intermediaries who help people with legal problems Cohl, Karen; Lassonde, Julie; Mathews, Julie; Smith, Carol Lee Law Foundation of Ontario Community workers; Formats/delivery channels; General/Other; PLE audiences Canada 2018
Underexplored Alternatives for the Middle Class Standing Committee on Access to Justice, Canadian Bar Association Canadian Bar Association Access to Justice Canada 2013
Urban Aboriginal Task Force, Final Report Urban Aboriginal Task Force Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres; Ontario Native Women’s Association Aboriginal communities Canada 2007
Using Technology to Enhance Access to Justice Cabral, James; Chavan, Abdiheet; Clarke, Thomas; Greacen, John; Hough, Bonnie Rose; Malone, Phil; Rexer, Linda; Ribadeneyra, Jane Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Access to Justice; Formats/delivery channels United States 2012
Victoria Access to Justice Review 2016 Victoria State Government Victoria State Government Access to Justice; Formats/delivery channels Australia 2016
Violence against women in CALD communities: Understandings and actions to prevent violence against women in CALD communities AMES Australia Australian Government Department of Social Services PLE audiences Australia 2016
Voices from the field: Needs mapping self-help services in rural and remote communities Malcolmson, John Supreme Court Self-help Information Centre Aboriginal communities; Needs assessments; Rural/remote communities Canada 2008
Vulnerable Youth in Alberta and the Law: An Overview of Needs, Challenges and Supports Available Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta Children, youth and students; Formats/delivery channels; Needs assessments; PLE audiences Canada 2013
Waking up to PLE: Public legal education, access to justice and closing the justice gap Robins, Jon (ed.) Solicitors Journal Access to Justice; General/Other United Kingdom 2013