This is certainly one of the more ambitious public legal education initiatives in Canada.
The third season of the television series “Le Droit de Savoir” (The right to know) began on Quebec cable TV on September 18th on the Canal savoir channel (with repeats on the Télé-Québec public educational network in the summer of 2013).
The French-language series is a co-production of the Quebec Bar Association. Lawyers already write the deals for TV and film projects. So, why not just jump into producing the material itself?
Episodes in the coming season will feature reports on topics such as aboriginal law, maritime law, the court martial process, sniffer dogs and the work of border service personnel.
Episode 1 of Season 3, which aired this Tuesday, can now be viewed on the show’s website. It deals with driving under the influence, the BAPE (provincial environmental hearings commission), and the role of the Québec ombudsman. It also features a profile of Me Pierre Beauchamp, who is a lawyer and a professional airline pilot.
Full episodes from seasons 1 and 2 are archived on the website.