Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
The legal system presents many challenges for Canadian citizens. The complexity of the system, the language and style in which laws are written, the high costs of lawyers and a general lack of knowledge of the law are all factors which decrease access to justice for the ordinary person. This article briefly details some of the most common obstacles to access to justice before introducing public legal education and information (PLEI) as an important part of the solution. The possible impact of PLEI is addressed by using Éducaloi, a Quebec-based PLEI organisation, as an example. PLEI’s limits are put forward and the need for the legal community to get involved in achieving greater access to justice is emphasised.
Marie-Pier Leduc, Éducaloi, Canada
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