Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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The Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) attracted considerable attention among community legal clinics in Ontario beginning in 2013. The LHC began as a way for clinics to identify people experiencing legal and justice problems by partnering with various community groups to which people go for help with everyday problems. Using a questionnaire designed to draw out the legal aspects of everyday problems, community groups are able to exercise the gateway roles of problem spotting and referral by encouraging the people they assist to complete the check-up and contact the clinic for help with the legal aspects of their problems. The partnerships between these community groups and legal clinics enhanced the capacity of the clinics to reach into the community to identify unmet need that would otherwise remain hidden. This is because many people do not identify the legal aspects of problems they are experiencing or seek appropriate assistance.

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