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If you are currently subscribed to the Clicklaw blog (formerly called the PLEI Portal blog), we ask that you update your subscription to this new feed. We’ll be phasing out the previous subscription feed over the next two weeks (for the record, the previous feed was: http://feeds.feedburner.com/pleiportal).

The New & Improved Clicklaw: Six Highlights

We’ve been working on improving Clicklaw! Drawing on usability testing and feedback, we’ve been working on making Clicklaw easier to use & more helpful. Here are six things we’ve done:

  • Additional resources: We added over 200 new resources to the Solve Problems section to fill gaps in the legal information available.
  • Clicklaw subtopics: We added subtopics to resources to improve the experience of browsing on Clicklaw.   
  • Common questions: There are now over 100 “common questions” on the site, featuring resources that are good starting points for information on common legal problems.
  • Resources in languages other than English: We made it easier to find resources on Clicklaw that are in languages other than English.
  • What’s new: A blog highlighting new resources is now featured on the Clicklaw homepage.
  • Facebook & Twitter: Clicklaw has arrived on Facebook and Twitter!

Oh, and we’ve taken off the “Beta” label. Clicklaw is now all grown up. Of course, we will continue to evolve and make improvements to the site to meet the needs of Clicklaw users. Visit www.clicklaw.bc.ca and let us know what you think, either by filling out this short survey, posting a comment on this blog posting, or sending us an email at editor@clicklaw.bc.ca.

And spread the word!

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:

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.

New on Clicklaw: HelpMap

HelpMap is a new feature that we’ve just added to Clicklaw this month. Integrated with Google Maps, HelpMap assists the public in finding those who can provide assistance with legal problems in their community. It also assists service providers who are making referrals for clients who have legal issues.

HelpMap includes information about free and low-cost legal services provided by groups including:

  • pro bono clinics, community legal clinics, and legal aid offices
  • court registries
  • courthouse libraries
  • organizations with community legal advocates,
  • Native Courtworkers, and
  • other law-related helping services

We will continue to add more services to HelpMap in the future. If you have any feedback about the new HelpMap, please post a comment below, or email editor@clicklaw.bc.ca.