Thursday, February 26, 2009

Events and Announcements

* The Law Courts Education Society is hosting Justice in Our Times - a lecture series focused on highlighting important, current justice issues. The opening event is Aboriginal Justice in Our Times on March 3rd, 2009, 2:30pm to 4:30pm. A panel of notable speakers will use moderated discussion and audience questions to exchange thought-provoking ideas and opinions on legal issues facing the Aboriginal community. A live broadcast will be available on the internet at Justice in Our Times on March 3rd.

* Law Week 2009 takes place from April 16-26 this year with events planned across the province, including the official launch of the LawMatters at your local public library project. The theme of Law Week 2009 is Access to Justice: Public Confidence in the Justice System. From Fort St. John's to Maple Ridge, communities across the province are hosting “Law Days” and providing British Columbians with the opportunity to learn about the law, the legal profession and some of the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of our Canadian democracy.

* Online seminars on copyright law are available from at a discounted rate for BC Library Association members. To benefit from this discount, email: for the BCLA registration form. The following courses are being offered: Feb 23 - March 20: Developing a Copyright Policy; April 20 - May 2: (1) Copyright Education: Demystifying Copyright in your Enterprise (2) Digital Content Management and (3) Copyright Law for Canadian Librarians. The syllabi for these courses are at .

* Telephone service at Legal Services Society – Update February 20, 2009
LSS has announced improvements in the telephone service for callers seeking legal information, advice or needing to apply for legal representation (Legal Aid applications and LawLINE). Callers now listen to fewer recorded messages and waiting times for callers have improved significantly since October. The average wait time for callers is now 6 minutes 53 seconds, but callers during peak periods may wait as long as 35 minutes. Callers should phone before 11 or after 2 if they can and use a regular phone if possible to avoid the expense of a long cell phone call.
The number for the telephone services remains the same: Vancouver and area: (604) 408-2172 Toll Free: 1-866-577-2525.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Legal Information Online Update

* The Role of the Coroner in BC is available in English, Chinese, French and Punjabi from the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's publications page (scroll down to Coroner's Role) [2pp pdf] March 2008

* Crystal Meth: Quick Facts is available from the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Crystal Meth Secretariat [2pp pdf] February 2007

* The Role and Impact of Librarians in the History and Development of Public Legal Education (PLE) in Canada by Kirsten Wurmann, is a literature review and annotated bibliography published by the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta. The paper may be downloaded from their research page (scroll down to #2 on the list) [37pp pdf] May 2008

* BC lawyer blogs:

Rights & Remedies - "Articles, resources and support for enforcing your legal rights and remedies when you can't afford a lawyer" by Shannon Salter.
Current article: Can you be arrested and charged for possession of marijuana?
Also see: Pardon Me? Why you don't need a lawyer to discharge your criminal record

JP Boyd's BC Family Law Resource Blog
Current article: New Random Answers to Random Search Terms (questions on adultery)

Legal Services Society's LawLine Blog
Current article: Common-Law Relationships and Separation
Also see Shoplifting And Scary Notices and LawLine FAQ's

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Legal Information Online Update

* Artists' Legal Outreach Program provides artists, arts administrators and arts organizations in all disciplines with access to resources and experienced lawyers to address arts-related legal issues

* An Online Resource for Victims & Witnesses of Crime in BC Includes information on reporting a crime, police investigation, preparing for trial and what happens after sentencing.

* New on the Family Law in BC (Legal Services Society) website: multilingual resources are now listed.

* Update to Legal Services Society's When I'm 64: A Guide to Benefits and Services for People Aged 60 and Over. Read a description in the legal aid newsletter Elan or read the update and 2006 title at the publications page [8pp update plus 105pp] November 2008

* Community Crime Prevention Guide contains information about crime prevention and reduction strategies, and advice on developing community crime prevention action plans [36 pp PDF] 2008