Better Legal Information Handbook: Practical Tips for Community Workers

If your group produces legal information for the public, you’ll want to bookmark this new resource, Better Legal Information Handbook: Practical Tips for Community Workers. Produced by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario), this handbook provides a comprehensive overview of steps involved in planning, producing, distributing, and evaluating public legal education and information (PLEI) resources. As CLEO Executive Director Julie Mathews explains in the handbook’s acknowledgements:

“The handbook covers the fundamentals: knowing your audience and writing for them, choosing the best format for your information, and usability testing and evaluating. It draws together the principles of plain language and design and gives practical advice on how to apply them.”

With practical examples from across Canada, the tips and tools in this resource will be extremely valuable for anyone involved in the development of PLEI.

The online PDF version is available for free. Copies outside Ontario are $20. For more information on ordering a print copy, visit


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