How to help your clients
A checklist about reliable online legal information
Use this checklist to review a legal information website to help figure out if the
content is reliable.
Does the information apply?
- Was the information produced in Canada? Was it produced in Ontario?
Is the information up to date?
- Is the information marked clearly with the month and date when produced or last reviewed?
Is the information from a trustworthy source?
- Is the website produced by a reputable non-profit or government organization?
- Is the website trying to sell you more information or legal services?
Does the website follow standard best practices for providing information to the public?
- Does the website provide complete contact information including mailing address, telephone number and email address?
- Does the website point you to other sources for similar information? If so, do the links on the website work?
To download a 1 page version of this checklist in PDF format, click here.
This checklist was adapted from “Is it reliable: 7 Clues to Good Legal Information Online” which was produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta in September 2012.