Tips for assessing legal information
Resources on CLEONet are produced by organizations from across Ontario. Our goal is to include high-quality materials but we don't guarantee that they are legally accurate.
Legal accuracy is an assessment made at a point in time. The reliability and accuracy of legal information depends on a number of factors. And laws, policies, and practices are constantly changing.
What we do
- When selecting resources for CLEONet, we draw on the expertise of the CLEONet staff team and advisory group and of the legal and editorial staff at CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario).
- We write a short, accurate description for each resource we add to CLEONet and we check the description with the producing organization. We also include the format of each resource and the region it applies to. This will help you decide if the resource is what you are looking for.
- We include resources only if we are able to tell you the year they were produced.
- We include the name, contact information, and a brief description of all producing organizations.
- We make sure all resources fit our Content guidelines and Content policy.
- We have a process for reviewing and archiving resources. And every 2 years, we send an e-mail message to all producing organizations asking them to review their resources that are on CLEONet and tell us about any changes or updates. We remove or archive a resource if we can't reach the producing organization.
- When there are major changes in the law, we include this information in our News section and in the latest news headlines on our home page.
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What you can do
- Look for information about the organization that produced the resource. You can click on any producing organization's name and see the information that CLEONet has for that organization. There will be a description of the organization, a list of other resources the organization has produced, and a link to the organization's web site.
- Contact the organization and ask some questions about their resource. For example, ask if someone with legal training or experience wrote or reviewed it.
- Look at the year the resource was produced and find out if there have been major changes to the law since then. You can do this by:
- Contact us if you find out that a resource is out of date or not accurate.