Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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Research makes clear that legal service delivery, especially to the poor, fails dramatically if clients must find their own way to legal aid offices. The Legal Health Check-Up project addresses this by extending legal aid in partnership with trusted intermediary groups that are part of the everyday world of disadvantaged groups. These intermediaries make an active offer of legal service.It is hoped that the intermediaries will go beyond the gateway roles of problem-spotting and legal referral to – with the legal aid clinic – provide holistic and integrated legal services that otherwise would not be available.

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