Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Legal Information Online - December 2012

New on Clicklaw:

British Columbia Newcomers' Guide to Resources and Services Available in 11 languages. WelcomeBC [126 pp PDF] 2012 edition. Website includes current Find a Settlement Service Agency Near You.

Guide to the New BC Family Law Act  Legal Services Society [30 pp PDF]  2012

How to get an order to waive fees (family court)  Legal Services Society [web] 2012

Making a Complaint Against the Police BC Civil Liberties Association [2 pp PDF] 2012

Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial  Legal Services Society, [34 pp PDF] 6th ed. 2012

Articles from the current LawNow:

Finding court records online
The following is not a new resource, but the question of how to search court records has come up recently:
Accessing Court Documents Online from Court Services Online (CSO) Justice Education Society 2008
Includes a series of videos and PDF’s:
1. Overview of Court Services Online [7:32 min video or 14 pp PDF]
2. Using E-Search to find Court Records [13 pp PDF] 
  • Introduction to Using E-search and the Court Services Online Front Page 0.05 min
  • Searching for Civil Court Info 4:44 min
  • Making Payments and Searching for Results by Party Name 1:43 min
  • Viewing the Case Basics and the Parties Involved  2:32 min
  • Viewing Details of Documents Filed, The Terms of Order, and Hearings and Results  3:05 min
  • Getting File Summary Reports, Purchasing Documents Online, Finding out about Legal Terms and Where to get more Assistance 4:21 min 
3. How to search a PDF document 3:35 min or 1 p PDF

Other new web resources and blog posts: 

2012 a big year for information rights  BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) December 13, 2012
Bill 34: The Limitation Act Courthouse Libraries BC, October 29, 2012
Mediate BC Launches Program Addressing Support for Adult Children JP Boyd's BC Family Law Resource The Blog, December 6, 2012
Wills, Estates and Succession Act  Courthouse Libraries BC, October 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Legal Information Online October 2012

New on Clicklaw:
* Benefits for grandparents and other relatives raising children  Legal Services Society [pamphlet] 2011

* Communicating with Creditors  Credit  Counselling Society [webpages or 8 pp PDF] undated

* Forming a Private Company  Canadian Bar Association BC Branch [Dial-a-Law Script], 2012

* Going to the Canada Pension Plan Disability Review Tribunal BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [70 pp PDF] 2012

* Insurance Benefits and Compensation for Accident Victims Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, [Dial-a-Law Script] 2012

* Starting a Small Business Canadian Bar Association BC Branch [Dial-a-Law Script] 2012

* Understanding the Extended Family Program Legal Services Society [fact sheet] 2012

Relationship abuse fact sheets from Legal Services Society now available online in five more languages: Chinese (simplified and traditional), Farsi, Punjabi, and Spanish:

* Criminal Court Process
* Getting Help from the Police or RCMP 
* Safety Planning 

Blog posts on criminal law from the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's Blogosaurus Lex:

* Changes to citizen’s arrest July 31 2012
* How about now? Now, is assisted suicide legal? August 16, 2012
* Bill C-26 attempts to make sense of self-defence August 23, 2012
* On Drunk Driving and the Constitution August 15, 2012
* The Supreme Court of Canada and the Case of Baby M September 21, 2012

Other Blog Posts:

* How to Find Good Legal Information Online  Blogosaurus Lex, Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta [Includes Video, 4:15 min.] September 13, 2012

Litigant's Bill of Rights BC Family Law Resource Blog, September 20, 2012

My day in BC’s First Nations Court Legal Services Society Newsletter Elan, September 13, 2012

* Update for Your Guide to the Refugee Claim Process Legal Services Society Newsletter Elan, October 4, 2012

Other new web resources:

* Patriots and De-taxers  Courthouse Libraries BC Asked and Answered revised October 2, 2012

* To Move or Not to Move – that is the Question (Separation Agreements)  LawNow magazine article, September 1, 2012

* Community and Disability Law Program Brochure  Community Legal Assistance Society,   2009

* HIV Testing & Your Rights Handbook  BC Civil Liberties Association [28 pp PDF] 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Legal Information Online July 2012, Including Update on New Family Law Act

New on Clicklaw:

* Adults and Consent to Medical Care Canadian Bar Association BC Branch 2011

* Artists Legal Outreach  [lists 4 online resources]

* Cooperative Housing: Members' Rights and Duties Canadian Bar Association BC Branch 2011

* Elder Law, Elder Abuse & Seniors' Rights Canadian Bar Association BC Branch 2012

Court rules, forms and self-help guides to court procedures Clicklaw [flowchart to resources]

* Genetic Privacy and Discrimination BC Civil Liberties Association [56 pp PDF] 2012

* Guide for Manufactured Home Park Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia BC Residential Tenancy Branch [50 pp PDF) 2011

* Police Involved Deaths: The Need for Reform BC Civil Liberties Association [105 pp PDF] 2010

* Separation Agreements: Your Right to Fairness West Coast LEAF  [14 pp PDF] 2012

* Troubling Assessments: Custody and Access Reports and their Equality Implications for BC Women   West Coast LEAF  [62 pp PDF] June 2012

New from the Clicklaw Blog:

Do you have bed bugs? How about mold? February 2012

* Electronic Devices Privacy at the Canadian Border  May 2012

* Resolving Disputes (Before They Escalate to an Administrative Law Tribunal) June 2012

New from Courthouse Libraries BC:

Changes to Drunk Driving Law In Force [Asked and Answered] June 2012

* Is there a law in B.C. that makes it illegal to kill a sasquatch?  [Asked and Answered]  October 2011

Making Sense of the New Criminal Omnibus Bill [blog post] May 2012

From Legal Services Society Newsletter Elan
The new BC Family Law Act
The Ministry of Justice has announced that the new Family Law Act will come into force on March 18, 2013. This act will have wide-reaching effects on family law in BC. To help you prepare for the changes, Legal Services Society has published a continuing series of entries explaining the new act. 
* Property and debt division options for unmarried spouses   
* Making agreements to stay out of court  
* Care of and time with children (Part 1)  
* Care of and time with children (Part 2) 
* Children's property  
* Child support 
* Giving notice before moving with children 
* Helpful information about the new Family Law Act from the Ministry of Justice 

More new online legal information:

* Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs & Qmunity  [2 pp PDF] undated

* Canadian Identity Theft Support Centre [online resource]

* Executor’s Toolbox Coastal Elder Law Corporation [online resource]

* Facts for Garage Sale Vendors Health Canada [online resource] 2012

* If the Media Calls: A Guide for Crime Victims & Survivors Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime [online resource]

* Improved Annual Reporting by Not-for-Profit Organizations Chartered Accountants of Canada [44 pp] 2011

* Human Rights Handbook for First Nations Canadian Human Rights Commission  [62pp PDF or HTML] undated

* The Little Black Book Of Scams Competition Bureau Canada [19 pp PDF]  2012  

* Pot: What is the law? Justice for Children and Youth [online resource] June 2012

* Sponsoring your family  (Frequently asked questions) Citizenship and Immigration Canada [web page] March 2012

* Transgender People and Relationship Abuse BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs & Qmunity [2 pp PDF] undated

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Canadian and BC Libraries Protest Cuts to Community Internet Access Programs

Library organizations across Canada are responding with concern to the federal government's recent cuts to the Community Access Program (CAP). The Program has provided funds for libraries to provide free or low-cost internet access, as well as training and technical support.

Statements have been released from the Canadian Library Association, and the BC Library Association regarding the negative impact of these cuts on the public, particularly low income, vulnerable and rural citizens. A breakdown of the $515,000 cuts to BC libraries is also available.

LawMatters consultation with BC public librarians confirms that libraries are heavily used for access to the ever-growing amounts of government information, court forms and registration to programs only available online.

An article in the Tyee by Miachael Geist discusses the fact that the cuts will increase the digital divide between those who have access to the Internet, and those who do not.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Legal Information Online and Legislative Alerts

* Changes to the pardons program Elan Blog post, January 11, 2012
* Sexting and the law Justice For Children and Youth Blog post, November 1, 2011

New on Clicklaw
* Aboriginal Harvesting Rights: If You've Been Charged with a Harvesting Offence Legal Services Society [20 pp PDF] 2011
* Discharge from Bankruptcy Justice Education Society [21 pp PDF] 2011 Includes forms.
* Epilepsy and the Law: What are the legal rights of a person with epilepsy in British Columbia? Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre [114 pp] PDFA
* Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Legal Services Society [28 pp] 2011
* A Guide to Wills and Estates on Reserve Legal Services Society [3 pp PDF]
* How to Appeal An Order Made in Small Claims Court Justice Education Society [29 pp PDF] July 2011
* How to prepare for a meeting with a family duty counsel lawyer Legal Services Society [Fact Sheet] 2011
* Indian Residential Schools Settlement: The Independent Assessment Process and the Common Experience Payment Legal Services Society [Fact Sheet] 2011
* Moving Toward a Surveillance Society: Proposals to Expand "Lawful Access" in Canada BC Civil Liberties Association [79 pp PDF] 2012
* Resources for newcomers to BC from People’s Law School: Paying Taxes [12 pp PDF]; Driving in BC [12 pp PDF]; Consumer Law [16 pp PDF] all produced in 2011.

Service Disruption Notice: Duty Counsel service withdrawals January – April 2012
Duty Counsel are the lawyers that help people representing themselves at court, most commonly in criminal and family cases. The B.C. Trial Lawyers Association has announced that “Duty Counsel service withdrawals will be conducted as a four-part escalating series, with counsel standing down for the first week of January, two weeks in February, three weeks in March and all of April.”

Legislative Alerts
* BC Family Law Act, 2011 (BC) , Courthouse Libraries BC, Asked and Answered, December 13, 2011. The new law passed November 24, 2011, and is expected to come into force approximately 12 to 18 months later.
* Drunk Driving Law (BC), Courthouse Libraries BC, Asked & Answered, January 12, 2012 . Latest challenges to impaired driving law.
* New Child Support Tables in Effect December 31 JP Boyd’s BC Family Law Resource Blog December 31, 2011