Better access to justice in Canada? There’s an app for that

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If a police officer stops you on the street and tells you to produce identification, do you know your rights? If not, do you know where to go to find out what they are?

A smartphone app called Legalswipe is providing a novel way to quickly and inexpensively answer these questions. Developed by recent University of Ottawa law-school graduate Christien Levien, the app provides real-time information about legal rights during interactions with police. It will even provide specific language for responding to police queries in a variety of circumstances. Legalswipe proved so popular that its servers crashed under the demand when it launched last July.

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This content has been updated on 13 July 2016 at 15 h 33 min.