Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Legal Information Online Update

* New on the Family Law in BC (Legal Services Society) website:
- a multimedia presentation, Choosing a court. The presentation includes an interactive video to match topics with the relevant court, as well as a video scenario, fact sheet, audio clip and a new Google map option to find local courthouses. December 2008
- extended and advanced search options have been added to the basic search . December 2008

* People's Law School has updated The Child's Right to Love: Information for grandparents, relatives, and others close to the child. 3rd ed. [28pp PDF] October 2008. It can be downloaded from their publications page.

* The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre provides a Renters' rights pamphlet (Condensed Tenant Survival Guide). [2 pp PDF] The pamphlet is now available in Portugese, as well as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and English. The pamphlet and guide can be downloaded from their guide and factsheets page. The Centre also provides a Landlord Guide [13 pp PDF] in English, Chinese and Punjabi which can be downloaded from their publications page.

* Canadian Legal FAQs new FAQs:
- Coalition Government and Prorogation of Parliament Updated December 2008
- Travelling with Children September 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

BC Study Reveals That Untreated Legal Problems Result In Increased Health and Social Costs

Ian Mulgrew's December 15th column in the Vancouver Sun is titled Legal problems plaguing poor -- but those getting help are usually satisfied

The column reports on a poll commissioned by Legal Services Society that discovered "four of five poor British Columbians have wrestled with a serious, difficult-to-resolve legal problem during the last three years", and that "legal problems have a serious impact on a person's physical and emotional health which, in turn, has a significant impact on health care and social service programs."

The full poll report may be seen at the LSS Service and Program Evaluations page [scroll down to Legal Aid]. The report also lists key sources of non-legal and legal assistance. Unfortunately, public libraries were not listed as a category for non-legal assistance.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Title Added to Legal Information Toolkits for Public Libraries

A Separation and Divorce in BC Research Guide is now available for public libraries to use as a template for their own collections and local resources. The Guide lists titles in print format, as well as websites and resources for possible local phone numbers. We plan to have more legal research guide templates available, in a variety of subjects. Thank you to all the librarians who collaborated on the development of this new resource!

A previous toolkit title has been reformatted: Legal Information and Advice BC Toll Free Referral Phone Numbers is now organized by legal subject.

Feedback welcome, and samples of how you have adapted the research guide template also very welcome. Send to jfreeman@courthouselibrary.ca