Monday, August 29, 2016

New Legal Information Online - August 2016


New on Clicklaw


What is the difference between Personal Planning and Estate Planning? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

What can a landlord ask or require of me before renting? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

I’m a refugee abroad. How can I get to BC (Canada)? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

Protecting Children - Your Role as a Relative - BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, 2016

Disclosing Your Disability: A Legal Guide for People with Disabilities in BC - Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) and Law Foundation of BC, 2016

Clicklaw Blog


Moving in together, “Common-Law Relationships” and Unmarried Spouses in BC - Clicklaw Blog August 10, 2016

Residential Tenancy Rights: Where to go for help? - Clicklaw Blog, August 17, 2016

Blogs & Journal Articles 


Canada’s Law on Medical Assistance in Dying – Ask Joanne, Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, June 18, 2016


Asked & Answered: What is the BC Building Code? – The Stream, Aug 5, 2016

Tenancy: Human Rights - Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Strata Property Disputes and the Civil Resolution Tribunal – Webinar Announcement


As of July 2016, most strata property disputes must be resolved using the new online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) instead of the court.

Join us for a free* webinar on the CRT:


Civil Resolution Tribunal Intake Process 
Presented by CRT Chair Shannon Salter
September 8, 12:30-1:30pm PDT

The online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is up and running to resolve strata (condominium) property disputes. This session will show you how to use the CRT’s online information and application systems, and answer some common questions about how to help your clients use the CRT. The webinar will be recorded and made available after the presentation to help users navigate this fantastic tool.


*This is a FREE event aimed towards public librarians, community workers and advocates.


Want to know more about the CRT?
Want to know more about the CRT? Shannon Salter provides us with a great overview:


The CRT’s goal is to improve access to justice by using technology to provide accessible and affordable dispute resolution services. As a first step, the CRT’s Solution Explorer software application provides free legal information and self-help tools. You can access the Solution Explorer here. These tools help to diagnose problems and resolve them through information, videos, and template letters that are directly relevant to the dispute.   

Accessible 24/7 from computers and smart phones, the Solution Explorer helps people resolve their disputes without having to go to court or use the CRT process.


If people cannot resolve a dispute themselves using these tools, they can begin a CRT claim from within the Solution Explorer. The CRT then issues a notice package, which the applicant serves on the other parties to the dispute. The claim goes through a facilitation phase, where a dispute resolution expert works with the parties to achieve an agreement between the parties. If this is not possible, an expert, independent tribunal member will make a binding decision after a hearing. This CRT decision is enforceable as a court order.

We hope you can join us!
Check out our previous CRT webinar for a refresher on the Solution Explorer!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Starter Legal Display Kit: Now Available to Order for a Limited Time!

This kit is a limited time offer with the purpose of promoting handouts in legal displays for public libraries. Legal handouts can offer another access point for patrons: access to print information they can take away for themselves.

LawMatters is pleased to partner with Legal Services Society (LSS) to bring you this kit. The Starter Display Kit includes a Basic Kit of handouts and any Specialized Add-ons you choose to order. All of this information, including titles, subjects, dimensions, and more, are on the order form.


Download the order form here (Word Document).
Fill out your library’s information and send your form to me at smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca

Please note that this is for public libraries only. We hope this will be a great start or addition to your legal display.

Currently this kit includes LSS publications. You can add other publications (from People’s Law School, for example) to your Starter Display or re-stock titles from Crown Publications.



LawMatters and LSS welcome your feedback as it helps us shape future resources and services. Please let us know your thoughts and experiences!