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 9 AM – 12 PM (Newfoundland time), Monday to Friday. 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
Please note that our Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service is NOT an emergency line. We are unable to return phone messages left outside of 9 AM to 12 PM, Monday to Friday. In case of an emergency, please call 911.
PLIAN also responds to email inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Suite 227, 31 Peet Street, Tara Place
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W8
Telephone: (709) 722-2643
Fax: (709) 722-0054
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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.
Kevin O’Shea – Executive Director
Kelly Brockerville – Office Manager
Sarah McHugh-Wade – Project Coordinator
Jane Barriault – Project Coordinator
Current Board of Directors (2016-2017):
Stefanie Tuff – President
Bruce Chislett – Vice President and Treasurer
Cheryl Dove – Secretary
Fred Kavanagh – Past President
Justice James Adams – Director
Superintendent Brian Dowden – Director
Alexandria Hollett – Director
Meaghan Lake – Director
Judge David Orr – Director
Nicole Kieley – Director
Sgt. Patricia Reid – Director
Lynn Sullivan – Director
Dana Aylward – Director
Dr. Dorothy Vaandering – Director