LEARNING TOOLS

Welcome to the Council’s portal to helpful educational resources on the web. Through these links, you can learn more about judges, lawyers, and our court system; as well as obtain helpful educational material and information on such topics as how to find a lawyer, self-representation, and alternatives to going to court.  The links are organized by topic:

For teachers and students

  • The Parliament of Canada offers professional development, classroom activities, and background resources for teachers.
  • Supreme Court of Canada (educational portal) is a good information resource.
  • Try Judging is an interactive multimedia educational program for high school social studies, civics and law courses, and designed for integration into Canadian school curricula. Developed by the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association.
  • Pursuit of Justice Quiz from the Department of Justice (Canada) covers topics such as legal definitions, lawlore, history, and governance.
  • The Virtual Courtroom explains Canada’s criminal justice system.
  • Virtual court tours help you understand the courtroom setup.
  • The Law Connection A site where teachers can learn to incorporate legal concepts and principles into their classroom teaching, and students can access information about the law.
  • Éducaloi’s youth zone offers tons of information about the legal system and the obligations of adolescents.
  • The Cradleboard Teaching Project, developed by Buffy St. Marie, provides public education and resources about Native American culture.
  • Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) provides extensive resources and information to support justice education activities.
  • Access to Justice Network (ACJNet) Law FAQs site provides a list of "frequently asked questions" and their answers for students.

Justice information

  • The Department of Justice helps the federal government develop policy and reform laws. It also acts as the government’s law firm.
  • The Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs (FJA) safeguards the independence of the judiciary and puts federally appointed judges at arm’s length from the Department of Justice. Its mandate is to promote better administration of justice and provide support to the federal judiciary.
  • The Constitution Act sets out the role of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary.
  • Access to Justice Network (ACJNet) has information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians.
  • LexUM provides links to information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians.
  • Educaloi
  • Legal Canadian FAQs Questions and answers developed by the Legal Studies Program at the University of Alberta.
  • Provincial and territorial law societies oversee and govern lawyers in their jurisdictions.
  • Find the definition of common legal terms

Finding a lawyer

  • The Canadian Bar Association is the advocate and voice of all members of the legal profession. The Canadian Bar Association branch in your province or territory may be able to help you find a lawyer.
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may qualify for government funded Legal Aid. Use this Legal Aid link to locate the office in your province or territory to find out if you are eligible for legal services.
  • If you do not qualify for government funded legal aid, you may be able to obtain free legal information or advice from lawyers who have volunteered to provide assistance. Find out about free (pro bono) legal clinics

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