Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pro Bono Free Legal Clinics in BC

**When groceries and rent are day-to-day concerns, hiring a lawyer is usually out of the question. Besides, many people aren't sure what their rights are or are intimidated by the legal system.

"Yet if their problems are unaddressed, they're going to have a lot of far more serious issues develop" **

The above excerpt is from a column by Ian Mulgrew in today's Vancouver Sun that describes the good work being done by Access Justice. The organization coordinates volunteer lawyers who help low income clients throughout the province with civil and family disputes, and points out that the need is growing because of the economic downturn.

Access Justice , the Pro Bono Law of BC , and the Salvation Army Pro Bono Program are all important referral resources for low income people to speak to a lawyer in person.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Legal Information Online Update

* On November 24th, it was announced that as of January 1, 2009, an up-to-date unofficial consolidation of the British Columbia Statutes and Regulations will be available free of charge through the Queen's Printer website. The site will be at http://www.bclaws.ca/ [not yet available].

* Access Justice Fall 2008 newsletter announces the launch of a new free legal clinic at SUCCESS Coquitlam for the Korean community in metro Vancouver.

* New on the Family Law in BC (Legal Services Society) website:
- Fact Sheet for Common Law Relationships: Staying Out of Court discusses mediation and collaborative family law. November 2008
Two new frequently asked questions:
- Do I have to put the name of the other parent on my baby’s birth certificate registration? November 2008
- What is collaborative family law? November 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New look for Courthouse Libraries BC

The former BC Courthouse Library Society has a new name and logo, see the changes here

A new beta library catalogue has been soft launched, with many new features such as a google-like single search box, and word cloud, which visually suggests search term suggestions with every search. Have a look! I tried it out with the terms 'child custody' and then 'landlord tenant'. Feedback on the new catalogue is welcome, so please send in your thoughts and ideas at the survey site.