Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How to get the most out of Legal Aid BC's "Family Law in BC" website in your public library service

This webinar for public librarians will demonstrate how to find family law resources for your patrons using Legal Aid BC's Family Law in BC website. The webinar will be 45 minutes  including a Q&A session.

Register here! December 3rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm (PT) 

This webinar is open to all public library staff, please forward to your colleagues.

The Family Law in BC website is a plain language family law resource that helps people manage family law issues outside of court. This webinar will show you how to navigate the site to find information on separation & divorce, children, finances & support and abuse and family violence

About the presenter: 
Nate Prosser is a Project Analyst – Digital Delivery at Legal Aid BC. He manages and leads the development of major digital projects that improve the impact of online materials and increase access to justice in the province. 

What: Webinar - How to get the most out of Legal Aid BC's "Family Law in BC" website in your public library service
Presenter: Nate Prosser, hosted by LawMatters | Courthouse Libraries BC (funded by the Law Foundation of BC). 
Date: December 3rd, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 
Cost: Free 

Can't make this time? We will be recording the webinar for future access.

Questions? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Free Professional Development Opportunities for Library Staff!

Check out these upcoming webinars hosted by Courthouse Libraries:

Know Your Rights: A Primer for Advocates & Service Providers
When: November 19, 2019, 12:30 - 1:30
Register here:

In this webinar Pivot Legal Society will present on the legal rights of people who rely on public space, with an aim to equip advocates and service providers to serve their clients and prioritize their rights.  This information is based on the handbook they recently released also titled Know Your Rights.
Topics will include street stops and detention, rights upon arrest, rights in your home, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, police search and seizure, bylaw enforcement, and private security guard enforcement. Pivot staff will also provide an overview of relevant police complaint processes and highlight the barriers that make these processes largely inaccessible.

Freedom of Information: Tips & Troubleshooting
When: November 21st, 2019, 12:30 - 2:00
Register here:  
This webinar will be co-presented by Mike Larsen, President of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA) and Alexandra Wieland, Information and Privacy Archivist at SFU. 
It is geared towards people who have some experience preparing and filing FOI requests, and who are looking for advice regarding challenges that arise during the process. If you have had questions from library patrons about this and would like to learn more, please join us! 
The presenters have invited participants to send any questions in advance so they can address specific issues you may have experienced. Questions can be sent to

We hope you can join us!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Webinar: How to field family law questions with JP Boyd on Family Law (Oct. 29, 2019)

For public librarians, this half-hour webinar features updates to family law and how the publication JP Boyd on Family Law (2019) can help patrons with family law topics including separationdivorcecustody and much more

Register here!  October 29th at 3:00 pm-3:30 pm (PT) 
founding author JP Boyd will address how this publication can help you to support your reference service.  We will offer ample opportunity for Q&A with JP Boyd.

This webinar is open to all public library staff, please forward to your colleagues.

About the presenter: 
John-Paul Boyd is the founding author of JP Boyd on Family Law. He is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Read more!

What: Webinar How to use JP Boyd on Family Law in your Public Library service.
Presenter: JP Boyd, hosted by LawMatters | Courthouse Libraries BC (funded by the Law Foundation of BC)
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 3:30 pm (PT)
Cost: Free

Can't make this time? We will be recording the webinar for future access.

Available online and in print! 

Most public libraries in BC will have by now received a print copy of JP Boyd on Family Law 2019 through LawMatters.  It is also available online through Clicklaw Wikibooks (an e-publishing platform).
The online version of JP Boyd on Family Law is laid out in a Wikipedia-like format  and provides a helpful option to print sections of the book.

Questions? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Community Legal Information Workshops at Public Libraries

Public Librarians, Community Advocates and Service Providers: 


LawMatters is working together with BC libraries to host free community legal information workshops to improve community access to legal information, resources and services.

In partnership with the Kootenay Library Federation, we have planned a series of events to be hosted at several Kootenay library locations in early October. We have also been working with Squamish Public Library in planning an event for Sea-to-Sky communities in early November.

Public library staff, local community advocates, and service providers have been invited to come together and share their knowledge. Our goal is to strengthen connections and awareness by providing an opportunity to gather, discuss our respective services and common community needs, to ask questions and to share resources.

We also hope to identify gaps in legal information and discuss how, as a community and we at our local libraries, can help fill those gaps and meet our communities' legal information needs. All this with coffee and light snacks!

This will be followed by a training component for library staff focused on legal information resources and referrals.

Due to space considerations at host libraries, these events are by invitation only and must be RSVP'd. If you are interested in attending, please contact us for details. Space permitting, we'd love to have as many voices and perspectives at the table as we can.

If you are interested in hosting a community legal information workshop in your region, please let us know! You can reach us via email at: or by phone at 604-660-9204.

We hope to see hear from you soon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Deadline for 60's Scoop applications is August 30th!

Find out if there is someone in your community that can help with the application process here:

Realizing that people living outside the Lower Mainland were struggling to find help in completing the application, Povnet quickly put together this resource:

This website lists all the organizations in the province (by region) that are helping survivors get their applications done. If you have patrons looking for support, please check out this amazing resource to see if there is someone in your area that can help - and thank you so much to Povnet!

Photo attribution:  Crystal Luxmore.
Sixties Scoop Rally & March at Allen Gardens, Toronto, Fall, 2011 (Modified: resized)
Used under Creative Commons non-commercial use license CC BY-NC 2.0

Friday, July 26, 2019

Free Public Webinars for Personal Planning in October

Nidus: The Personal Planning Resource Centre is offering free public webinars in October covering the important topic of personal planning (living persons who may need representation due to illness, disability, or injury).  Personal planning is particularly relevant to seniors and people living with illness or disabilities.  

Nidus is seeking public libraries to share this opportunity by:  
1) Hosting a public viewing. Contact Nidus to schedule  
2)  Sharing this promotional poster to raise awareness either in your branch or on social media (members of the public can register to view on their own computers or device).  
  • Joint ownership – the good, the bad, and the risky  
  • Tuesday, Oct 1 | 10:30 am–12:00 pm (morning)  
  • Thursday, Oct 3 | 7:00–8:30 pm (evening)  
  • Tips for making a will & what happens if someone is not capable to make a will  
  • Tuesday, Oct 8 | 10:30 am–12:00 pm (morning)  
  • Thursday, Oct 10 | 7:00–8:30 pm (evening)  
  • The myths & realities of planning  
  • Tuesday, Oct 22 | 10:30 am–12:00 pm (morning)  
  • Thursday, Oct 24 | 7:00–8:30 pm (evening)  
  • Consent: What is the law in BC for health care? It’s time to update old ideas & old practices!  
  • Tuesday, Oct 29 | 10:30 am–12:00 pm (morning)  
  • Tuesday, Oct 29 | 7:00–8:30 pm (evening)  
Please forward this information to your colleagues or community partners!  
For more info, visit Nidus’ website or contact them directly

Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Starter Legal Display Kit - Order forms available now!

LawMatters is pleased to partner once again with Legal Services Society (LSS) to bring you this updated kit.

The purpose of the kit is to promote handouts in legal displays for public libraries in a way that makes it easier for busy library staff to manage. Legal handouts can offer another access point for patrons: access to print information they can take away for themselves.

The order form includes titles, subjects, dimensions, and currency dates - plus they are grouped together into a 'Basic Kit' and subject specific add-ons, making it easy to order! Multilingual options are also listed - you need only check off which ones you would like.

Basic Kit includes freebies on:
  • General Legal Aid
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Violence
  • Benefits & Welfare
Specialized add-ons include:
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Abuse & Family Violence
  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Resources in languages other than English

Download the order form here, or find it under "Resources for Librarians" on the LawMatters  website.

You can send your filled out form to or and you selected materials will be sent directly to your library.

Please note that this is for public libraries only. Currently this kit includes LSS publications. You can add other publications (from People’s Law School, for example) to your Starter Display or re-stock titles from Crown Publications.

No matter your library size or budget, give a legal display a try! Thanks to Maple Ridge Public Library for sharing pics of their displays - they look great!

Feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have. LawMatters and LSS welcome your feedback as it helps us shape future resources and services. Please let us know your thoughts and experiences!