Legalswipe informs people of their rights during interactions with police. We are currently adding further information and developing into additional areas of the law. We have worked closely with the community to inform our present development. We meet our goal of educating the public through several key features:
Through the use of situation based cues, users can quickly learn situation specific information.
The user is given the exact words to use and a clear idea of their rights depending on the situation.
Send emergency contacts a personalized message with ongoing updates of your geographic location.
Record audio and video to be e-mailed to emergency contacts and uploaded to synchronized Dropbox accounts.
The development of Legalswipe is informed by extensive community engagement. We believe that by edcuating people on the legal process we can empower them to better navigate the world they live in.
Legalswipe was conceived by Christien Levien. As a teenager he was assaulted by police and gained a first hand understanding of the difficulty in navigating the legal system. He had developed the Legalswipe prototype shortly after his graduation from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. In July 2015, the app was launched in Toronto Canada . The application's development is informed by the four principles of accessibilty, simplicity, user focus, and efficiency.
We're conducting legal rights workshops in both schools and community spaces. The workshops allow us to engage with attendees to better understand their legal issues, educate them on their legal rights, and inform them of the resources they can access when they face legal problems.
Our inaugural workshop for 2016 featured guest speaker lawyer/activist Saron Gebreselassi
We are exceptionally grateful for all of our partners & supporters.
Without them, the continued development of Legalswipe would not be possible.
I want to commend the Legalswipe team for combining technology and legal rights education to help Canadians navigate police interactions. Legal rights education is essential to a working democracy.
I completely support Legalswipe. It's important for people to know their legal rights during interactions with police. The ability to communicate our rights can keep us safe and set appropriate boundaries between police and civilians.
I'm really excited that the Legalswipe team has taken the initiative to use technology as a way to inform the public of their legal rights. Knowledge is power - It can literally mean the difference between finding yourself in a compromising situation or actually being protected by knowing your legal rights.