The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is the province’s only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to public legal education and information. Since 1984, Public Legal Information has educated and informed Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about the law, with the intent of increasing access to justice. We provide a number of services to the public, including operating a Lawyer Referral Service and Legal Information Line, developing plain language legal materials, delivering legal information presentations, facilitating free legal clinics, and operating a number of projects focusing on specific populations and areas of the law.
We are Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative with the Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC). Public Legal Information is funded by the Government of Canada, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, with in-kind and project funding provided by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and other funders.
Public Legal Information operates a Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service. Clients can access general legal information and referrals to lawyers registered with the Lawyer Referral Service. Lawyers who register with this service agree to provide an initial 30-minute consultation at a cost of $40 (taxes included). Clients can access summary legal advice during the 30-minute consultation but the lawyer will not complete legal work during this time (such as representation in court or the completion or review of legal documents). There is no obligation for the lawyer to complete any work beyond the initial 30 minutes or for the client to hire the lawyer.
Please note that in-person service is available by appointment only. We strongly recommend emailing or calling the Legal Information Line before coming to our office, as we may not be available to serve you in person.
The Journey Project is an ongoing partnership between Public Legal Information and the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. The Journey Project offers legal support and navigation to individuals who have experienced sexual violence or intimate partner violence.
Services included ongoing support from a team of Legal Support Navigators (LSNs) located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and access to the Journey Project Legal Support Service, providing free legal advice from a roster of participating lawyers.
For more information, please visit The Journey Project website: http://www.journeyproject.ca/
Before contacting Public Legal Information, users should understand that due to its 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. The Public Legal Information Association of NL is not responsible if the user still seeks to use email to contact us despite the fact that email is inherently not private.
Also please be advised that Public Legal Information has a legal duty to report to authorities if a person discloses any information which indicates that a child or an adult without capacity is or may be in need of protection, based on the definitions included in the provincial Children, Youth, and Families Act and the Adult Protection Act.