New one-stop access to legal information



    McGuinty Government Launches "Justice Ontario" Website And Hotline

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    A new one-stop entry point will help Ontarians find answers about their
justice system.

    
    Justice Ontario
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/justice-ont/default.asp)
provides:
    -   An online door to the justice system including easy-to-use
        information on family law, criminal law, lawsuits and disputes, human
        rights, estate planning and tickets and fines
    -   Easy access to legal resources such as lawyer referral services and
        family law information centres
    -   Toll-free telephone access to the same information in 173 languages
        at 1-866-252-0104.
    

    Improving access to justice for all Ontarians begins with better,
easy-to-use legal information, a point made by lawyers, the judiciary, legal
organizations, the 2007 Osborne Civil Justice Report and the 2008 Trebilcock
Legal Aid Review. It will also support a more effective use of legal
resources.
    A Justice Ontario Access Partnership (http://tinyurl.com/687l3y) of
groups with expertise in all areas of the justice system has also been created
to continually improve the website's content and to link the site to "next
step" expertise.

    QUOTES

    "Ontarians now have a place to start when they need basic legal
information about our justice system," said Attorney General Chris Bentley.
"Justice Ontario is the one-stop destination that puts answers to your basic
questions about the legal system just a click or a phone call away."
    "Justice Ontario recognizes the multicultural reality of Ontario by
making legal information accessible in the many languages spoken in our
homes," said Laura Albanese, MPP York South - Weston.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Starting today, the McGuinty government is bringing the same, easy to
        use approach to the legal system that has helped Ontarians access
        government services with ServiceOntario
        (http://www.serviceontario.ca/), and employment and training
        with Employment Ontario
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/etlanding.html).
    -   Ontario is also improving access to justice by reforming the civil
        justice system to make it faster and less expensive, while the
        Justice on Target
        (http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/) strategy is
        helping to reduce delays in the criminal court system.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Civil Justice Reform Project
(http://www.civiljusticereform.jus.gov.on.ca/english/default.asp).
    Read the report of the Legal Aid Review 2008
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/trebilcock/).
    Learn more about Legal Aid Ontario
(http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/default.asp).

    
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                     JUSTICE ONTARIO ACCESS PARTNERSHIP
    

    Justice Ontario
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/justice-ont/default.asp) is
a new one-stop, easy-to-use website and telephone hotline that gives all
Ontarians an entry point for accessing legal resources and basic information
on the most common justice-related topics.
    The Attorney General has invited groups with expertise in all areas of
the justice system to form an Access Partnership to continually improve the
website's content and to create a pathway for Ontarians by linking Justice
Ontario to "next step" expertise.

    
    The Justice Ontario Access Partnership includes representation from:

    -   Law Society of Upper Canada
    -   Ontario Bar Association
    -   Advocates' Society
    -   County and District Law Presidents Association
    -   Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
    -   Legal Aid Ontario
    -   Community Legal Education Ontario
    -   Pro Bono Law Ontario.

    The Access Partnership will work closely with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to incorporate feedback from Justice Ontario users and the legal
community on how the Justice Ontario website and telephone hotline can evolve
to provide the most current and easy-to-understand information about Ontario's
justice system.

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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