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- New Family Law Act repealed and replaced the old Family Relations Act, effective March 2013.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- Effective March 2014, the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act (WESA) repealed and replaced: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)