Friday, July 21, 2017

B.C. Provincial Court News & Resources

Going to court can be an intimidating experience, especially for people presenting their case without a lawyer.

Guidelines for Using a Support Person in Provincial Court


Many self-represented litigants find that having a trusted friend or family member with them to provide emotional support, take notes, and organize documents can be a big help. In recognition of this, the Provincial Court of B.C. has adopted Guidelines for self-represented litigants to use a support person during a trial:

More Information


Clicklaw has a few great starting points for people seeking information about going to B.C. Provincial Court.

The resources listed are also available in PDF format so you can print them out!


Big Changes to Small Claims
On June 1, 2017, the limit for small claims increased to $35,000. The Civil Resolution Tribunal also began accepting small claims disputes up to $5,000. More information here.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Clicklaw Refresher: Introduction to Legal Information & Help Online

Last week we presented an interactive webinar on using Clicklaw. Thank you everyone who tuned in and participated!

We covered the basics of using the site and went through some practice questions together using polls and live demonstrations.

If you were unable to attend or you want to revisit the presentation, we have made a recording available!

Check it out:

Clicklaw Refresher for Libraries and Community Helpers-Webinar Recording from Courthouse Libraries BC on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Webinar Reminder: FOI 101

Just a quick FYI about the upcoming FOI Webinar :)
Sign Up Here!


Courthouse Libraries BC will be hosting a webinar by the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association next week!

If you are interested in learning more about Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, be sure to sign up for this 1 hour webinar July 11, 12:30pm-1:30pm.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last Chance to Order LSS New & Revised Titles Package

Last Chance to Order LSS New & Revised titles Package! We will be retiring this package June 30th so, if you're interested, get your orders in before then!


What you get:

The order form for the new package includes 9 new or revised titles and 2 multilingual publication add-ons.

The kit is intended to get you started with these new publications: you have the option of ordering 5 OR 10 copies each depending on your library's needs.
 
To Order:
• Fill out the order form
• Send me your order form (to smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca) OR fax to 604-660-2821

The form also includes the option to set up a customer account so you can order more (for free)!

Monday, May 29, 2017

New Resources & Clicklaw Common Questions

New Common Questions on Clicklaw 

With the help of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association:


New (Free) Publications:


Explains consumer rights for common purchases and contracts. Now includes a new section on making a contract.

Covers 15 of the most common scams. Now includes new sections on romance scams, charity scams, and expanded coverage of online and computer scams.

A Death in Your Family (updated)
Covers preparing for the death of a loved one, what to do immediately after the death, making the funeral arrangements, and where to find support. 

New Publications Package - LSS New and Revised Titles
9 new or revised titles from Legal Services Society including 
  • Your welfare rights: How to apply for welfare
  • Is That Legal? What the Law Says about Online Harassment and Abuse
  • Income Assistance on Reserve in British Columbia
    ...and more!


Upcoming Webinars:


As of June 1st,  the CRT will begin accepting small claims disputes under $5,000. This webinar provides a walk through of the CRT process and some changes specific to small claims disputes.

Clicklaw Refresher for Libraries & Community Helpers
We will be reviewing how to search Clicklaw for reliable legal information specific to B.C. as well as how to use Clicklaw Wikibooks and the Clicklaw Helpmap to make better referrals. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Publications Package - LSS New and Revised Titles

Preview of the Order Form
Remember the Starter Legal Display Kit? LawMatters and the Legal Services Society are teaming up again to offer a New Publications Package!

The order form for the new package includes 9 new or revised titles and 2 multilingual publication add-ons.

The kit is intended to get you started with these new publications: you have the option of ordering 5 OR 10 copies each depending on your library's needs.
 

To Order:


Fill out the order form
Send me your order form (to smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca)

☺️ That's it! ☺️

The form also includes the option to set up a customer account so you can order more (for free)!

Download the Order Form 
 

Feedback - What do you think?


LSS is looking for feedback on these types of mailout packages and their free publications - if you ordered the Starter Legal Display Kit in 2016 or have thoughts about LSS publications please fill out their survey here:

Thank you for your feedback! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Legal Information Workshop and Community Discussion in Salmon Arm

Last week, Audrey Jun was on the road representing LawMatters and Clicklaw in the Okanagan!

Audrey gave a great presentation on Clicklaw and legal information to library staff at the Salmon Arm branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

The library also hosted a Community Discussion on Legal Information:

Organizations were invited to share information, resources, and ideas on legal information and services in their community. Audrey was joined by Nicky Dunlop from PovNet to facilitate the meeting.

Thank You!

James and the staff at Salmon Arm Library for inviting us to present on Clicklaw and for hosting the community discussion!

All of our participants at the Community Discussion on Legal Information for sharing their experiences, stories, and ideas!


All of this is a part of the services offered by the LawMatters Program. If you are interested in training or hosting a community discussion at your library, send me an email at smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca!