Starting today, we share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. We used to do this every two months, but this year we’ll do it more often. Here is a summary of updates done in January 2020.
Online Divorce Assistant Application (*Beta Service)
by BC Ministry of Attorney General
Now available for cases with or without children, this online app (still in Beta version) helps people complete documentation for joint-filing divorces in the Supreme Court of BC. Joint-filed divorces are where both applicants agree on all family law issues relevant to their situation, such as spousal support and the division of family property.
The New Divorce Act
by John-Paul E. Boyd, QC
This page in the “JP Boyd on Family Law” wikibook provides a plain language overview of some of the really important changes to the Divorce Act. Topics covered include parenting after separation, moving away, and new obligations for spouses, lawyers, and the court.
Who Can Stay in the Family Home on Reserve
by Legal Aid BC
Brochure gives basic information about the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Describes who has rights to the family home during your relationship, if you and your spouse separate, if your spouse dies. Includes illustrated scenarios and where to get more legal help.
Standardized wording for Bail, Probation and Conditional Sentence Orders
by Provincial Court of British Columbia
The revised picklists are lists of standardized terms for court orders. They are stored in courtroom computers so a Court Clerk can use them to quickly and accurately capture the order a judge makes.
Reform & Research
Expanding our Vision: Cultural Equality and Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights
by BC Human Rights Tribunal
The report provides a snapshot of Indigenous Peoples’ understanding of the BC human rights framework. The recommendations suggest steps for the BC Human Rights Tribunal to develop an Indigenous Justice Initiative that is open and responsive to the experiences of Indigenous Peoples.
Tracking the Trends of the Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon
by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project
This report collates and analyzes data from Intake Forms completed by SRLs from January 1st 2018 to June 30th 2019, a total of 173 respondents. The data tracks the core demographics – gender, income, education, age etc – of the SRL population.
Summary Legal Advice Clinic
from Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre
Our location is now 1145 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X3. Services are limited to transgender and gender-diverse folks, available once a month by appointment.
Elizabeth Fry Legal Clinic
from Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society
The new legal clinic provides free legal advice and representation to clients in the Kamloops and surrounding area.
from Rise Women’s Legal Centre
New location – the clinic is now at 516 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A2.
The Advocacy Centre
from Nelson CARES Society
We no longer visit Trail. Our services are still available in Nelson & Castlegar.