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Unit 2: Criminal Law
CHAPTER 7: BRINGING THE ACCUSED TO TRIAL
E-ACTIVITY: THE LEGAL AID PROCESS (p. 203)
Activity: Play a Legal Aid Game
Everyone is entitled to a defence in the trial process. But what if you cannot afford to pay a lawyer? Legal aid provides legal services to anyone who cannot afford the basic legal assistance he or she needs. How does the program work? Would you meet the requirements for representation by a legal aid lawyer?
To learn more about the legal aid process and the eligibility requirements, you will prepare for and participate in a legal aid game. Begin by finding the answers to the questions listed in Questions 1 and 2, below. Then prepare for a quiz game with your class.
1. In teams of three students, visit Legal
Aid Ontario to find out more about a sample legal aid system.
Find answers for each of the following questions. Write each question
on its own piece of paper. Write your group's answer for it on the
back of the paper. These papers will be used as game cards later.
2. Remaining in your groups, visit the Web site of the Canadian
Bar Association and find out more about the fundamental importance
of legal aid in our criminal justice system. Summarize the position
of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on Legal Aid by answering the
following questions. Write each question on its own piece of paper.
Write your group's answer on the back of the paper. These papers
will be used as game cards later.
3. In your group, review all your answers together, and then prepare for the legal aid game by quizzing each other using your game cards.
4. Participate in the class quiz. Your teacher will pull the questions
out of a "hat" at random for each team to answer. You may
confer with your teammates to decide on your best answer, and any one
of you may actually answer the question. The team with the most correct
answers wins the game.