Representatives from local community groups, as well as the local Law Courts registry, and Courthouse Libraries BC/LawMatters staff, met at the Cowichan Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in Duncan on May 10. Public librarians Melanie Reaveley and Monica Finn welcomed staff members from Seniors Support and Resources Society, Legal Services Society, Cowichan Intercultural Society, Ready to Rent (Victoria), The Salvation Army, Vancouver Island Health Authority and Cowichan Women Against Violence.
Participants exchanged information about their services, and discussed what would increase access to justice for their clients. Some of the ideas included: more in-person help for Supreme Court matters; workshops on wills, powers of attorney, executorship and representation agreements as well as family law; co-sponsor a workshop on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Parent Support Services; court tours and better court information signage for the public. Appreciative comments included "let's do this twice a year, or quarterly" and "great job gathering groups together!"