Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) is defined as "an activity that seeks in a systematic way to provide people with the opportunity to obtain information about the law and the justice system in a form that is timely and appropriate to their needs, but does not include advocacy or representation on behalf of individuals, nor the provision of legal advice"
PLEI improves access to justice by giving the public the information that is needed to understand the law, how to deal with the legal issues that affect their lives and how to use the opportunities and the protections offered by the legal system.
People who come in contact with the system for whatever reason - as an offender, as a victim, as a witness - may not be aware of their obligations or where to get information about their situation. In our justice system, the public is expected to know the law.
Knowledge about the law can help people better identify the kind of legal advice or assistance they may require.
Public legal information is not intended to replace the services of a lawyer where it is required, but often it is helpful to have information about the law in question, in addition to seeking advice.
Having access to information about the law and how to access legal and social resources in the community can be especially important to people who are vulnerable because of language barriers, economic reasons, reasons of discrimination, etc.
The Portage College Public Legal Education Program (PLE Program) is approaching its twelfth year of providing Public Legal Education and Information services to the citizens, organizations and communities of north eastern Alberta. This program is unique in its distinction of being the only fully rural based Public Legal Education program in Alberta.
Be sure to download the Portage College Public Legal Education Program Brochure for information on our program and services.
Our PLE Resource Directory is available for viewing or download It has a comprehensive listing of all legal related resources in Northeast Alberta, including lawyer listings, courthouses, RCMP detachments & other legal related organizations and agencies.
This handy document provides reference to various online websites for Albertans to explore legal topics and find answers to legal questions.
We welcome partnerships. If you have an idea for a PLE session in your organization or community, please get in touch with us. We will help you coordinate a workshop and/or connect you with resources. Most sessions are free!