Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BC Law Day: Live Twitter Town Hall

Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree of the Provincial Court of BC will be hosting a live Twitter Town Hall on BC Law Day, April 14, 2016 from 1-3 pm.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for the public to chat with the Chief Judge on Twitter during BC Law Week. 

Topics that will be discussed include:

How to Participate

 Follow @BCProvCourt

Tweet using the hashtag, #AskChiefJudge

You can post questions any time before April 14th if you aren't available on that date.

Don't have Twitter?

Email questions to: TwitterTownHall@provincialcourt.bc.ca before April 14th.


The Chief Judge cannot comment on individual cases, and may not be able to answer all questions during the Town Hall, but efforts will be made to answer outstanding questions on the Court’s website after the event.


Monday, March 21, 2016

New Legal Information Online - March 2016

New on Clicklaw

Residential Tenancy –Calculators BC Residential Tenancy Branch, 2016

Landlords and Tenants: Online Applications for Dispute Resolution [Video] BC Residential Tenancy Branch, 2016

Tips for using Personal Planning Documents Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, 2016

Legal Rights and Resources for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia, 2015

Clicklaw Blog

New Information on Certificates of Divorce Clicklaw Blog, Feb 12, 2016

SOPA Program for Newcomers Clicklaw Blog Feb 25, 2016

Introducing Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) Clicklaw Blog March 8, 2016

Is that email a scam? Clicklaw Blog March 21, 2016

Blogs & Journal Articles

Who can witness a living will?  Ask JoanneNidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, January 30, 2016

Getting Charter Rights Right British Columbia Civil Liberties Association Blog, February 1, 2016

Asked & Answered: How do I apply for a Constitutional Remedy under charter section 11(b) for a traffic violation? The Stream Blog, February 12, 2016

Locating a lost will through the Law Society of British Columbia Rule of Law Blog, February 13, 2016

Dealing with Pets after Separation Part 1 (JP Boyd) LawNow March 1, 2016


Coping with Separation [Handbook] Legal Services Society, 2015


When I'm 64 - Services People’s Law School, 2015

When I'm 64 - Benefits People’s Law School, 2015

Power of Attorney People’s Law School, 2015

Being an Executor People’s Law School, 2016
Updated to January 2016. Please note that print copies of this update are currently unavailable. Electronic copies can be accessed through link.

Writing you Will People’s Law School, 2016
Updated to January 2016. Please note that print copies of this update are currently unavailable. Electronic copies can be accessed through link.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

LBL 2016: Quick Update on Law Books for Libraries List

Something a little different this year…

Previously, the recommendation list came in an excel format with 3 tabs. The 3 tabs allowed you to browse titles as they were organized by 1) Size of Library 2) Title list 3) Subject. This year, the titles have now all been consolidated into one excel list.

You can now use filters to sort the titles to customize your list! I hope that this will make using, searching, and organizing the list easier and more efficient for you. 

You can now sort your list by:

Size: When you download the list, the titles will be ordered by size (Essential, Small, Medium , Large), as they were in the original (2015) list. However, if you want, you can sort the list to display only certain sizes (for example to only display Medium and Essential titles).

Price: If you are looking within a certain price range this may be helpful, or if you just want to filter and display ‘free’ titles you can do that too.

Subject Heading: A primary subject heading is given and in some cases a secondary subject heading where a title either covers two subjects or a specific aspect of a subject.

Notes: I have added notes for only some titles. On your list you can add your own notes as you go!

Finally, you can also sort by publication date and author.

If you are only interested in updated (highlighted in green) or new (highlighted in purple) titles, you can filter by colour!

What about the Free Titles List?

The Free Titles List will not be produced as it duplicates information on the LBL 2016 list.
LBL 2016 has the option of sorting by free titles and by publishers. If the publication is available in a language other than English, you can check the “Other Languages” heading.  Please note that some of these free titles are available in more languages when viewed online. This list only reflects the print availability. 

As always, I welcome any feedback, let me know how you find the new list.

Happy Collecting!

Monday, March 7, 2016

LawMatters Grants Overview

It’s that time of year again! Many of you will already be familiar with this, but for any newcomers to the LawMatters program (welcome!) or returning participants (welcome back!), I thought it might be worthwhile to provide an overview of the grants process.

A Grant Agreement Letter is emailed to the chief librarians/directors of all the participating libraries in BC along with the following:

Selection Guidelines
Law Books for Libraries (LBL) for 2016

All documents except for the Grant Agreement Letter are available online to view/download at Lawmatters website.

The Process:

1) Agreement Letter
  • Sign & Send us a copy
  • Keep a copy for your records
2) Receive your grant
  • We send you a cheque for the amount specified in your agreement letter
3) Collect & Consult
  • Use LBL 2016 as your guide to purchasing materials with the grant
  • See something not on the list? Check our Guidelines and contact the Program Coordinator before purchasing
4) Report
  • Let us know how you spent your grant
  • Send us a report in by September 5 with the titles you purchased and for which of your locations (if applicable)
Please let me know if you prefer to have a print copy of the Grant Agreement Letter sent to you by mail. Send me an email smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca or give me a call 604-660-9204 if you have further questions.