Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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The clinic–intermediary partnerships/legal health check-up is an approach to service delivery that recognizes the need to create a strong mechanism to achieve outreach and to provide holistic and integrated services to disadvantaged people. This is a response to a solid body of research, consistent with much clinical experience by practitioners, that there is a high prevalence of unmet legal need among the population, that people often do not recognize the legal issues embedded in the everyday problems they experience, that for this and other reasons they typically do not seek appropriate assistance with legal problems in a timely manner, and that people frequently experience clusters of inter-related legal and nonlegal problems that are often difficult to deal with in isolation. These problems are part of the complex matrix of poverty; providing legal services in a way that responds to these aspects of legal problems can play a role in alleviating the conditions of disadvantagedpeople.

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