Pro Bono Law Ontario Wins Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Pro Bono Law Ontario's signature project for unrepresented litigants, Law Help Ontario, has won the 2010 Law Technology News Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project. The Award was presented last night at a gala reception held in New York City. This is the third award that PBLO has received for its ground breaking project in as many years.
Launched in December 2007, Law Help Ontario is Canada's first court-based pro bono project tailored to meet the needs of litigants who must represent themselves because they do not qualify for legal aid and cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Law Help Ontario provides a continuum of brief services to litigants (with civil matters) to help them better navigate the justice system. One of these is A2J, a web-based automated document assembly system that helps them create accurate, properly formatted court forms and pleadings. PBLO has developed court form templates for every level of Ontario's civil court system from Small Claims to the Court of Appeal, many of which are accessible online at www.lawhelpontario.org. Since launching, Law Help Ontario has helped litigants create over 10,000 court forms.