Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week – Official Launch

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By Brea Lowenberger, Access To Justice Coordinator
University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Today is the official launch of Saskatchewan Access to Justice week! This awareness campaign will unfold over the next week and showcase through “campaign cards” some of the excellent work that members of the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group and other justice and community members are undertaking to help improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents. Please distribute the “campaign cards” widely – via email, on social media (using the hash-tag #SKA2J2016), and download and print them for your office door, waiting room, etc. (Download a full package of the campaign cards)

To celebrate the contributions of those involved in improving access to justice in the province, “A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions: A Volunteer Appreciation Event” will be held on Thursday, October 20 at the College of Law:

  • Time:                      11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location:              Law School Student’s Lounge, College of Law

Pro Bono Students Canada is inviting volunteers – past, present and future – to drop by the College of Law for donuts, coffee, and conversation around access to justice. The ongoing contributions of our dedicated student volunteers and supervising lawyers to the PBSC program and access to justice is appreciated.

probonostudentsa2jweek5We’d also like to highlight some of the great work of Pro Bono, CLASSIC and PLEA:

Pro Bono Students Canada & PLEA

PLEA and Pro Bono Students Canada (Saskatchewan Chapter) are partnering to provide family law help to the public at the PLEA offices Tuesdays from 1:00 -3:00. Sessions run every Tuesday* in October, November, January, February & March. There is no cost and registration is not required. Please see our previous post for more information.

a2jweek4PLEA’s Newcomer Site

On Friday, October 21, PLEA is launching NewLi – Legal Information for Newcomers. NewLi provides plain language legal information about laws, governments and the justice system. It promotes access to justice for this vulnerable segment of the population by allaying fears that may keep newcomers from confidently participating in and benefiting from Canada’s justice and administrative systems.

More information about the NewLi site will be provided on Friday. Stay tuned for this and more access to justice events!

a2jweek3Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan 

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan offers free legal clinics throughout the province of Saskatchewan.  The clinics are important in improving access to justice for Saskatchewan residents, as lawyer volunteers provide free legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford a lawyer and who do not qualify for Legal Aid. Income testing does apply. Lawyers at the clinics generally do not represent clients in court, but do provide ongoing legal advice to help clients move their legal matter forward. Lawyers may also make referrals for further assistance. Clinic locations are currently in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Estevan, Weyburn, Yorktown, Moose Jaw, Meadow Lake, North Battleford, La Ronge and Prince Albert.

Here is a list of the Free Legal Clinics taking place across the province during Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, from October 18-25:

October 18:

North Battleford Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: #101 – 1272 101st Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 0Z8
Hours: 2-3 times a month on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00pm (appointment required)

The North Battleford Free Legal Clinic operates two-three times a month on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00pm at the Catholic Family Services building in North Battleford. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

October 19:

Swift Current Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 780 1st Avenue NW, Swift Current, SK S9H 4M7
Hours: Twice a month on Wednesdays from 3:00pm-6:00pm (appointment required)

The Swift Current Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-6pm at the Salvation Army building in downtown Swift Current. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

Prince Albert Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 1409 1st Avenue East, Prince Albert, SK S6V 2B2
Hours: Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm (appointment required)

The Prince Albert Free Legal Clinic operates Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm at the Prince Albert Indian Metis Friendship Centre in downtown Prince Albert. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

October 20:

Moose Jaw Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 175 1st Ave NE, Moose Jaw SK S4N 4Z3
Hours: Twice a month on Thursdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm (appointment required)

The Moose Jaw Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Thursdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Salvation Army building in Moose Jaw. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

Meadow Lake Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 212 – 2nd Street W, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1C7
Hours: Twice a month on Thursday and Saturday afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm (appointment required)

The Meadow Lake Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Thursdays and Saturdays  from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Salvation Army building in Meadow Lake. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments either in person or via video conference. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

Yorkton Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) |   Address: 29 Betts Ave., Yorkton, SK S3N 2W4
Hours: Twice a month Thursday afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm (appointment required)

The Yorkton Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Salvation Army Lighthouse Food Bank & Care Centre in Yorkton. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

October 21:

Weyburn Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 404 Ashford St, Weyburn, SK S4H 1K1
Hours: Twice a month, Friday afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm (appointment required)

The Weyburn Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Friday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Weyburn Community Low Income Centre. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments via video conference.  Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

October 22:

Regina Free Legal Clinic
Tel: (306) 569 3098   |   Fax: (306) 569 2198   |   Address:  2240 13th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3M7
Toll Free: 1 855 833 7257
Hours: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm (appointment required)

The Regina Free Legal Clinic operates Saturdays from 9am-12pm at the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services Office in downtown Regina. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning (306) 569 3098 or  during normal business hours.

October 25:

Estevan Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: 1107 4th Street, Estevan SK S4A 2A4
Hours: Twice a month on Tuesdays from 1:30pm-4:30pm (appointment required)

The Estevan Free Legal Clinic operates twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm-4:30pm at the Salvation Army building in Estevan. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

North Battleford Free Legal Clinic
Tel: 1-855-833-PBLS (7257)   |   Address: #101 – 1272 101st Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 0Z8
Hours: 2-3 times a month on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00pm (appointment required)

The North Battleford Free Legal Clinic operates two-three times a month on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00pm at the Catholic Family Services building in North Battleford. Lawyers provide assistance in all areas of the law during hour long appointments. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by telephoning 1-855-833-PBLS (7257) during normal business hours.

 

Don’t see your access to justice initiative or resource listed?  Post a web link, a picture, etc. of the initiative or resource on social media using the hash-tag #SKA2J2016 or contact the Access to Justice Coordinator, Brea Lowenberger at b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

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