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New Family Law Project Announced

PLEIS-NB is pleased to announce a new project to create a “virtual family law centre”.  With funding from Justice Canada, and the collaboration of an advisory committee of legal experts and community stakeholders, PLEIS is producing a range of helpful on-line family law resources.  Access to the “centre” will be as simple as clicking an “icon” on the Internet.  The user will be able to select any one of the multiple family law information spokes that radiate out from a central hub such as:

  • FAQs (commonly asked questions about family law issues, legal rights, laws and court process);
  • “Ask an Expert” (a selection of video clips with family law judges and lawyers explaining how individuals can prepare to represent themselves in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division during a family law hearing);
  • Family Law Forms
  • Finding a lawyer
  • Parenting after separation
  • Self-help guides and family law publications
  • Going to Court

Much of the information is found within existing PLEIS publications.  However, the family law centre will make the information much more accessible.   Family law is complex and it is always preferable that individuals use a lawyer, or at the very least, obtain legal advice. For a variety of reasons there are more and more people attempting to handle their family law issues themselves. PLEIS does not provide legal advice or comment on specific situations.  However, individuals planning to represent themselves can peruse the virtual centre to find out about alternatives to going to court, and if necessary, learn how to obtain and complete forms, what forms are required to start a particular action, how to schedule a hearing, and so on. 

The intent of this project is to help individuals representing themselves to be better prepared before appearing in court which should make their experience in the courts less stressful. We hope that this will increase the efficiency of the court, by reducing the need for judges to stop proceedings to educate self-representing litigants.

We are pleased to welcome two new legal research assistants for this project – Mélodie Lagacé and Wendy Miller.


For more information, contact us at pleisnb@web.ca