Thursday, August 3, 2017

Weeding Tips Part 1: General Guidelines for Legal Collections

General Guidelines for Legal Collections


Jurisdiction and currency are important factors in retention and weeding. The jurisdiction should be Canada and/or British Columbia. The currency can get a little tricky:

In general a title may be considered current if published within the last 5 years BUT there are some important exceptions:

If the laws have changed, materials should be updated to reflect the most recent changes.

As a general rule, in the following areas of law, items should be discarded and replaced if they are published before the following dates:
  • Criminal Law – Most current possible (within 2-3 years max)
    • The Criminal Code is amended every year
  • Family Law – March 2013
    • New Family Law Act repealed and replaced the old Family Relations Act, effective March 2013.
  • Immigration – Most current possible (within 2-3 years max)
    • The Immigration and Refugee Protection has had massive changes in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; there are changes made fairly regularly.
  • Insurance Act – July 2012
    • The Insurance Act was revised in 2012 consolidating the previously existing act and its amendments.
  • Local Government Act – January 2016
    • This act governs municipalities –if your library collects municipal legal information, update to reflect the latest updates.
  • Societies Act – November 2016
    • A new Societies Act will replace the existing Society Act effective November 2016. This act governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in BC.
  • Wills, Estates, and Personal Planning – March 2014
    • Effective March 2014, the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act (WESA) repealed and replaced:
      • Estate Administration Act
      • Probate Recognition Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 376 
      • Wills Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 489 
      • Wills Variation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 490 
      • And parts of…
        • Law and Equity Act
        • Survivorship and Presumption of Death Act

This information can be found in the full Retention and Weeding Guidelines (Word).
See also the Retention and Weeding List (Excel)

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