The Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information (SALI) Project is vibrant partnership among information providers, trusted intermediaries, justice stakeholders, and community organizations, working to increase legal information access within Saskatchewan. As a critical component of access to justice, it is important for the public to find and access legal information. Libraries are welcoming environments present in many communities and library staff, as trained information professionals, help the public identify and locate credible legal information.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan supports the SALI Project and provides Saskatchewan library staff with resources, training, and information to assist and empower members of the public searching for legal information and resources.
The seventh annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice week in 2022 focused on data and evidence informed policy making. Justice stakeholders from across the province worked together to create two infographics highlighting legal justice needs in Saskatchewan, legal information resources and family law initiatives. As part of A2J week, SALI created the Accessing Legal Information in Saskatchewan Infographic. The Family Law in Saskatchewan Infographic was created in partnership from Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC), Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA).
Throughout 2021, SALI has presented a free virtual conference series designed to connect with information providers who work with the public and provide them with the skills and knowledge to provide timely and credible legal information and referrals.
|Expanding Legal Information Access Through Saskatchewan’s Libraries||March 31, 2021||Session Recording (1:16:41) |
Attendee Resource Sheet
|Navigating Government Publications, Legislation, and Information||May 5, 2021||Session Recording (57:51) |
|Guiding the Guiders: Introducing Saskatchewan’s Legal Information Guidelines||June 23, 2021||Agenda & Attendee Resource Sheet|
|Representing Yourself Legal Information Portal||Sept 29, 2021||SALI Presentation|
|It’s in YOUR Court: Resolving Family Law Problems Out-of-Court||Oct 29, 2021||Session Recording (51:46)|
|Inviting Your Feedback: We Need Your Expertise to Inform Saskatchewan’s Legal Needs Assessment||Nov 30,2021||Session Recording (24:48)|
The Law Society’s Legal Information Guidelines identify types of legal information, credible sources of legal information, and how to use credible legal resources.
Staff at the Law Society’s Legal Resource Library help guide patrons towards credible sources of legal information. Law Society libraries in courthouses in Regina and Saskatoon are open to the public.
The Law Society’s librarians are available to provide on-site or virtual legal information assistance to libraries and their patrons: guiding patrons towards online and print sources, highlighting resources for further learning, teaching basic research skills, and suggesting appropriate referrals.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Legal Resources Team maintains a list of materials for libraries, of any type, wishing to strengthen their public legal collections. These lists are updated regularly. Titles are grouped by legal topic, indicating publisher, publication date, and price. Key online publications are also included for each topical area.
The Law Society maintains a list of key legal resources relevant to Saskatchewan in addition to free publications provided by the Government of Saskatchewan and Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan. The list is curated to support libraries who may wish to add legal titles to their collections and concentrates on resources aligned to priority areas as identified through Saskatchewan-focused legal needs research.
The Law Society offers three training webinars to help library staff share skills and knowledge to assist individuals searching for legal information.