Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic

We have been asked by the Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, to circulate the following information regarding the launch of a pilot Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic in cooperation with the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For further information and details, please see below.

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CBA-NL Members:

CBA-NL and the Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) are launching a pilot Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic in cooperation with the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The intention of this clinic is to offer summary legal advice, on a pro bono basis, to self-represented litigants either contemplating starting a Small Claims Court matter or with an ongoing Small Claims Court matter.

The clinic will operate in the Settlement Conference Boardroom and the Crown Attorney’s Traffic Court Office at Provincial Court in St. John’s (4th Floor, Atlantic Place). These rooms are located in the Small Claims Court/Traffic Court area at Provincial Court, outside of Courtrooms 7, 8, and 9. Clients for the clinic will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum time for each appointment of 20 minutes.

Our plan at this time is to hold the Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic on a monthly basis. The first clinic is scheduled for July 26, 2016 from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

We are asking members of the Bar and articling students, with permission from their principals, to consider volunteering for this pro bono initiative. We are hoping to have at least two lawyers or articling students scheduled for each clinic. Volunteer lawyers will not be expected to appear in court or complete any legal documents for the clinic participants. However, they will be able to provide some basic summary legal advice about the participant’s case and suggestions for next steps.

We hope you will consider participating in this project, which we feel is an important step in increasing access to justice in the province.

To sign up as a volunteer for the Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic or if you have any questions, please contact CBA-NL by email: cba-nl@cba.org or phone (709)579-5783 or PLIAN at (709)722-4745.