The Law Students' Legal Advice Program's (LSLAP) Manual provides quick answers to many legal issues. Originally designed as an educational resource for LSLAP students, it is now used by hundreds of organizations across BC. Clicklaw Wikibooks and LSLAP have joined efforts to bring the Manual to the Clicklaw Wikibooks format.
Written in plain language, with definitions for key legal terms, JP Boyd on Family Law provides practical, in-depth explanation of family law and divorce law in British Columbia.
What are Clicklaw Wikibooks?
In a nut-shell, Clicklaw Wikibooks are online, collaboratively published, plain language resources covering a range of legal information topics.
Why provide print copies?
One of the goals of the print initiative is to help libraries have an established core collection of legal information. The other goal is to provide a format (print & online) that can make legal information accessible in every community.
Who gets a print copy?
All public library systems in BC will be receiving copies of our new publications – copies will be distributed with library size in mind. For example, smaller libraries or libraries with one location will receive 1 copy (of each wikibook).
Your library does not have to be participating in the LawMatters grants program to receive these publications.
If you have questions about this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your may have legislation in your collection – what do you do with it?
Just for clarification here are some images of legislative volumes – your library may have one or all of these.
1996 Revised Statutes of British Columbia – aka“the grey binders.”
The main benefit of these binders is that one can see, in print, a fairly up-to-date version of British Columbian laws. The ‘1996’ refers to the last time the laws were consolidated; subscription filings are what make them current.*
Fortunately, this information is all freely available now on www.bclaws.ca. The online versions will be the most current. These binders are updated by subscription so if you are thinking of weeding these binders, make sure your subscription is not still active.
Statutes of British Columbia - BC Legislative Volumes (bound)
These are the official published BC Laws. These can be a little tricky to navigate as they don’t contain BC Laws consolidated (all in one place). Legislative volumes contain new legislation, amendments, and tables of legislative changes.
Statutes of Canada (bound)
These are the printed laws of Canada (Federal legislation) – Please note that these are also available online - the online version and the print are BOTH considered official.
* Please note that the online version of BC laws and the content in the binders are not considered the ‘official’ versions; the official laws are bound in statute volumes. Conversely, Federal Laws online at http://laws.justice.gc.ca/ are considered official.
Having legislation available in print can be an important access point for your patrons researching the law. There are a few things to consider when evaluating this portion of your legal collection:
Time – are you filing updates to your legislation?
If you are receiving bound (federal) legislative volumes, before weeding your legislation, it might be good to check if your library is actually designated as a depository for those materials: You may have to refer to the Depository Services Program of Canada and contact them to see what requirements are needed for your library.
If you can access laws and provide print from the online resource BCLaws, you do not have the space or time to maintain legislative subscriptions (like the grey binders), and you are NOT a depository – you can weed your legislation as needed for your library.
The August update for the Law Books for Librarians (LBL) list is now available!
The List has already been updated twice this year - once in March and once in May. The August update includes titles that are new or have been updated since March 2017. I have indicated in the notes when each title was added. New titles are recently published items, titles that haven't been on the list before, and a couple of returning titles (new editions). I have made an abbreviated update which includes ONLY the new and updated items and I am also uploading the full LBL with the August updates included.
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: