* 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 Copyrightlaws.com at a discounted rate for BC Library Association members. To benefit from this discount, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 copyrightlaws.com .
* 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.