Clicklaw Team at Law Day in Vancouver

On Saturday, April 17, the Clicklaw team will be at Vancouver’s Law Day events. The events highlight the British Columbia justice system and the many legal resources available to the public. We’ll be unveiling our new Courthouse Libraries BC promotion campaign called LawStartBC, which showcases Clicklaw and the Clicklaw HelpMap as part of an integrated package of legal information and assistance for the public.   

Law Day will be held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch at 350 West Georgia Street. The Law Day events include a mock trial, two free public forums and display booths (come and check out ours!).

Top 10 Most Visited Common Questions on Clicklaw

Now that Clicklaw has been up & running for closing in on a year (wow, time flies!), we’re learning more about how the site is being used. Among the more popular features on the site are the common questions, which offer good starting points for 80 questions that are, well, common. Over the last six months, here are the top 10 most visited common questions on Clicklaw:

Video: Clicklaw HelpMap Top 5 List

Want to get a flavour in less than 5 minutes for what the Clicklaw HelpMap offers? In this video posted on YouTube, we show you the top 5 things you can do on the HelpMap:

  1. You can search by community in British Columbia for someone who can help with legal problems.
  2. You can locate a result on the map (where we’re integrating with Google Maps).
  3. You can narrow your results down in a few different ways — by topic (e.g., show me only “Family law” services) or by type of help (e.g., show me only services that provide “legal advocacy, advice or representation”).
  4. You can start your search by clicking on a topic and narrow down from there.
  5. You can find services that are provided in languages other than English (by starting with a community in BC and narrowing down by language).

We’d love to hear your feedback on the Clicklaw HelpMap. Please consider taking our 3-minute Clicklaw feedback survey online, posting a comment here on this blog, or contacting us at editor@clicklaw.bc.ca.

New on Clicklaw: Legal Help for British Columbians

 Legal Help for British ColumbiansCliff Thorstenson of the Nicola Valley Advocacy Centre has recently updated the 2008 Legal Help for Rural British Columbians  legal guide. The updated 2009 guide, Legal Help for British Columbians: A Guide to Help Non-legal Professionals Make Legal Referrals for Clients, is now available on Clicklaw. The LawMatters project of Courthouse Libraries BC assisted with printing the update for distribution to all BC public and courthouse libraries.