Need help handling your Small Claims Court case?

SmallClaimsBC.ca can help you find the information you need, no matter what side you are on.smallclaimsBC-logo

 

 

 

 

This website by Justice Education Society provides information for all British Columbians who have a legal dispute worth less than $25,000.

Exciting new updates to the site include a map that lists all Small Claims Court locations in BC, an overview for the process at each court location, as well as three new videos – also now available on Clicklaw – on the small claims process, settlement conferences and collecting after judgement.

 SmallClaimsBC.ca also includes access to Small Claims Court forms (Filing Assistant and PDF versions), rules, fees and procedural guides, and five additional videos that help self-representing litigants

SmallClaimsBC.ca is the Justice Education Society’s second most popular website, with almost 42,000 visitors last year.

For more information on handling your Small Claims Court case, take a peek at these great resources on Clicklaw.bc.ca.

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The TRAC Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre needs your feedback!

Are you working with members of the community who might be using the Tenant Survival Guide?

Perhaps you use it yourself?

If so, please take a moment to complete TRAC’s 2-question survey and spread the word to your community.

The Tenant Survival Guide is a plain-language guide that offers tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in BC. It is designed to educate readers on their rights and responsibilities and help prevent or resolve any problems they may encounter during their tenancy.

The Guide is produced by TRAC, a nonprofit organization that provides tenants with legal education and information about residential tenancy law. For more information about how to order a hard copy, click here.

TRAC Executive Director Nicky Dunlop says that TRAC’s survey is designed to determine how people use  this comprehensive guide .

For follow-up information stay tuned to TRAC on Facebook and Twitter. Or, check out TRAC’s website.

Also, for more information about tenancy, rentals, and landlords, take a peek at these great resources on Clicklaw!

Join FIPA in celebrating Right to Know Week!

During this week of September 26 – 30 the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is hosting two exciting Right to Know Week events in Vancouver: a 20-year FIPA anniversary party and fundraiser on the 28th and an FOI Workshop on the 29th. For details, click here.

 
There are a host of events going on across BC, as well as across Canada. Check out the Right to Know Week Website for more information.

This is the sixth year that Canadians have celebrated Right to Know (RTK) Week. It was created to increase awareness about their right of access to government information, and it highlights the essential role freedom of information plays in democracy and good governance.    

Want to learn more about freedom of information and privacy? Check out these resources on Clicklaw!

Clicklaw and the Just a Click Away initiative

Now available on Clicklaw: check out the final conference report recently released by Just a Click Away!just a click away

Coordinated by Courthouse Libraries BC, and supported with funding from the Access to Justice Fund (administered by the Law Foundation of Ontario), Just a Click Away, is an initiative to enhance how technology can be used to deliver legal education and information to the public in Canada.

As part of the second stage in the initiative, the Clicklaw public legal education and information (PLEI) portal website was featured in a webinar that explains how it provides access to PLEI to British Columbians. To access the webinars, click here.

The final stage of the initiative was the two-day intensive national conference in Vancouver held this past February. The conference was aimed at those who provide and support public legal education and information, and want to improve how the Internet and emerging technologies can be used to deliver PLEI. The conference featured such themes as best practices for PLEI websites, evaluation of online PLEI, and using social media and web 2.0 technologies.

You are invited! Nidus hosting month-long virtual celebration of Personal Planning

The Proclamation Day for amendments to personal planning legislation in B.C. happened on September 1st, but why limit the celebration to one day only? 

Nidus invites you to help make September Personal Planning Month

To celebrate the rich history of the Representation Agreement Act – B.C.’s first law designed specifically for personal planning – Nidus is hosting a virtual month-long party!! 

Personal Planning Celebration!
Personal Planning Virtual Celebration!

 

Visit their celebration to share your own story or to learn more about the experiences of others.  Help spread the word about personal planning! 

To learn more about the latest legislation amendments see  Nidus’ factsheets. The new set of standard forms for representation agreements and enduring powers of attorney are now available on the Ministry of Attorney GeneraI’s website. 

For  further information and resources related to this topic, check out Clicklaw’s Common Questions. 

REMINDER: Common Experience Payment (CEP) application is due September 19, 2011!

If you are an Indian residential school survivor who wants to apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP),  remember to do so by September 19, 2011.

To apply on your own behalf, you must complete a Common Experience Payment (CEP) application form.

For further information on how to apply for CEP see Reminder! Common Experience Payment deadline is September 19, 2011, posted by Legal Aid B.C. Additional information can be found on the Clicklaw site under compensation for abuse in residential schools.

For help with applications, you can also call the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society at 1-800-721-0066, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

New Features on Clicklaw

Clicklaw recently launched a new look that makes it easier to find the legal information and help you’re looking for. We asked for your feedback, we listened, and we’ve made changes to improve the site for you.

Information in many languages

You now have easier access to legal information in many languages. On the header of each page, we’ve added quick links to resources and services in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Punjabi, Korean and Farsi (Persian), as well as a list of all languages available through Clicklaw. Our Clicklaw contributors produce hundreds of resources in many languages – now it’s easier for you to find them.

Keyword search improvements!

Try out the keyword search and we think you’ll notice a big difference – the search is far more flexible, and you’ll be much more satisfied with the search results. You’ll even find that if you make a spelling mistake, our search engine will notice that and offer you alternatives to choose from.

Search results include HelpMap services

When you look for information on Clicklaw, your search results now include some quick suggestions from our HelpMap. Also, the display for the results is cleaner, easier to read, and includes all resources from three sections: Solve Problems, Learn & Teach, and Reform & Research. You can still  narrow down your search using these sections – just use the “Refine your search” box on the left of the search results screen.

We hope that all of these enhancements will make the site more intuitive and easier for you to find the legal information you need.

Comments? We’d love to hear from you! Post a response on our blog, go to our FaceBook page, contact us via Twitter, or send us an email to editor@clicklaw.bc.ca.

Law Week in BC, April 2011

 

The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBABC) has been super busy organizing Law Week (which is more like Law Month as there are events happening all through April…). Law Weeks kicks off on Wednesday April 6 with a Law Day Open House at the Kamloops Courthouse, where one of the highlights will be a tour of the Kamloops Courthouse Library where you can learn more about using Clicklaw! Here’s a schedule of other activities happening around the province:

And for everyone in BC, there will be Dial-A-Lawyer on April 16, from 10am – 2pm where you can phone to speak to a lawyer, for free, for 15 minutes. This service is available in English and Chinese. Here’s their poster that you can download (PDF, 362KB).

The CBA is one of Clicklaw’s key contributors. They produce over 130 Dial-a-Law scripts, short pieces of basic legal information on a variety of legal issues. They are some of the most popular resources on the Clicklaw website. The scripts are available by phone,  and online where you can read transcripts in Simplified Chinese, English and Punjabi.

The CBABC’s Clicklaw Contributor, Annie, does an amazing job of making sure the scripts are kept up to date on Clicklaw. She also works with her team to develop new scripts to help answer people’s questions about the law. Dozens of scripts were updated on Clicklaw just earlier this year.

The CBABC also runs the Lawyer Referral Service, a program that connects you with a lawyer in your community, and sets up an inital consultation for a small fee of $25.

The Clicklaw team and staff from Courthouse Libraries BC will be attending Law Day in most communities. We hope to see you there!

Just a Click Away Conference, Feb. 23 & 24, 2011

The Just a Click Away Conference is taking place this Wednesday and Thursday, February 23 and 24, 2011. Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Access to Justice Fund, Just a Click Away is an initiative to enhance how technology can be used to deliver legal education and information to the public in Canada.

Clicklaw is part of a breakout session at the conference, “Portals and Other Models for Online Public Legal Education: What Are the Next Steps?”. The session builds off of a series of preconference webinars exploring models used to provide access online to public legal education and information. This video recap of the webinars features five portal websites, including Clicklaw, as well as one content-rich site in different jurisdictions across Canada and the US.

Five Portals and a Content Site from Clicklaw on Vimeo.

Justice, Law and Ethics in Education Masters from SFU

Just added to Clicklaw’s Learn & Teach section is information about a new graduate studies opportunity from SFU. Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Education, Law and Society is now accepting applications to their new graduate program, Masters of Ed.: Justice, Law and Ethics in Education. The focus is on legal, justice and ethical issues in education, plus ways to more effectively teach law-related education in the community and schools. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2011, and the program starts in September.