Welcome to the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN)

Our Services:

Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service:

Have a general legal question or need to speak with a lawyer? PLIAN operates its Legal Information Phone Line and Lawyer Referral Service from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Monday-Friday) and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Wednesdays) (Newfoundland time). PLIAN staff can provide general legal information but cannot offer legal advice or opinion. PLIAN also offers referrals to lawyers from across the province registered with the Lawyer Referral Service. These lawyers will offer a 30-minute consultation at a flat rate of $40, with no obligation beyond this 30-minute consultation.

To reach the Legal Information Line and/or the Lawyer Referral Service, call PLIAN at 1-888-660-7788 or 709-722-2643. We will return messages left during the operation hours of the Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service as soon as possible.

Please note that our Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service is NOT an emergency line. In case of an emergency, please call 911.

PLIAN also responds to email inquiries at info@publiclegalinfo.com

Please note that while all client information is kept confidential, PLIAN staff have a legal duty to report to authorities any information received about a child in need of protection or a neglected adult in need of protection.

Check out our brand-new family law website for youth in Newfoundland and Labrador – www.myparentsliveapart.ca

Community and School Presentations:

PLIAN regularly travels to communities and schools all over Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver free presentations about different areas of the law. To find out more about the presentations offered by PLIAN and to book a presentation for your school, community group, or other organization, please call or email PLIAN at any time.


PLIAN has developed a number of publications about many different areas of the law. Electronic versions of these publications may be found through the tabs at the top of this page. PLIAN will also mail hard copies of our publications anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador, where our supplies of publications allow. To request a hard copy of any of our publications, please call or email PLIAN at any time.


The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) is an independent non-profit that provides general information and education about the law to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, with the intent of increasing access to justice.

PLIAN is the Newfoundland and Labrador representative for the Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC). PLIAN receives core funding from the Department of Justice Canada, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and receives in-kind funding from  Department of Justice and Public Safety of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact Us:

Suite 101, 31 Peet Street (Tara Place Building)
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W8

Telephone: (709) 722-2643

Toll-free: 1-888-660-7788

Fax: (709) 722-0054

Follow us on Twitter: @PLIAN_NL

Follow us on Facebook: Public Legal Information Association of NL

Email:  info@publiclegalinfo.com

Before sending an e-mail to PLIAN, users should understand that, due to their nature, electronic communications can be intentionally or unintentionally viewed by others or forwarded to others, and are therefore inherently not private. In addition, addressing errors, system malfunctions, and system management may result in communications being viewed and/or read by other individuals and/or system administrators. PLIAN is not responsible if the user still seeks to use e-mail to contact us despite the fact that e-mail is inherently not private.

Also please be advised that PLIAN has a legal duty to report to authorities if a person discloses any information which indicates that a child or neglected adult is or may be in need of protection.

Current Staff:

Kevin O’Shea – Executive Director

Kelly Brockerville – Office Manager

Sarah McHugh-Wade – Legal Support Navigator (Journey Project)

Janet Lee – Legal Support Navigator (Journey Project)

Current Board of Directors (2017-2018):

Executive Officers

Stefanie Tuff – President

Bruce Chislett – Vice President and Treasurer

Cheryl Dove – Secretary

Fred Kavanagh – Past President


Justice James Adams – Director

Alexandria Hollett – Director

Meaghan Lake –  Director

Judge David Orr –  Director

Cst. Brad Squires – Director

Lynn Sullivan – Director

Dana Aylward – Director

Dr. Dorothy Vaandering – Director

Sgt. Sharon Warren – Director