Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: May 2021

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in May 2021.

Solve Problems

BC Ministry of Attorney General

  • Family Justice Counsellors in British Columbia (New)
    A 10-minute video. Family justice counsellors work in Family Justice Centres located in communities across the province to provide services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce.
  • Introducing the New BC Provincial Court Family Rules (New)
    This 7-minute video introduces the new court rules and forms for family law cases in BC Provincial Court. Includes province wide changes, objectives of new rules, registry specific changes, and transition.

Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

Canadian Judicial Council 

Each of the handbooks below is a general reference for self-represented civil litigants appearing in Canadian courts. A list of Canadian & BC resources is also included.

  • Civil Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, legal research, building your case, legal writing, starting a court case, court processes, appeals, and more.
  • Criminal Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, first steps in your criminal case, bail, building your defence, legal research, court processes, jury, sentencing, and more.
  • Family Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, family law basics, resolving disputes out of court, legal research & writing, court processes, family violence, and more.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) – BC Human Rights Clinic

  • Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 (New)
    The three-video series provide information about the BC Human Rights Code and how it protects Indigenous Peoples in three areas of life (jobs, tenancy, and access to services). It explains about human rights complaints and how BC Human Rights Tribunal works.

Legal Aid BC

  • Family Law in BC (Updated)
    The website has been greatly revised to reflect the new Provincial Court Family Rules that came into effect on May 17, 2021. It has a new interactive tool for identifying your court registry. Read more details on the Factum.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPC)

Office of the Seniors Advocate BC

Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)

  • Societies Act FAQs (Updated)
    For British Columbian non-profit organizations. This wikibook helps individuals understand how to incorporate, manage, and dissolve non-profits in BC.

People’s Law School

Many new and updated resources in PLS’s Clicklaw listings, including: 

  • Accidents and injuries
    Practical information on your rights when you’re injured in an accident. Topics include slip and falls, injuries from a defective product, and figuring out how much in the way of damages you might be entitled to.
  • Health care
    Practical information about you rights to health care and what you can do if you experience discrimination when receiving health care services.
  • Renting & co-ops
    Practical information on your rights when renting or living in a co-op. Topics include a playbook for tenants, co-op disputes and evictions, and your rights when living in a mobile home.
  • Dial-A-Law pages on family law, such as Guardianship, Parenting Arrangements, and Contact, are up to date with the latest information, including the changes to the Divorce Act that came into effect in March and the new Provincial Court Family Rules that took effect in May.

Provincial Court of BC

  • What can I expect at a Family Management Conference? (New)
    This article explains the Family Management Conference at the Provincial Court of BC. Includes definitions, steps for preparing yourself, what will happen at the conference, what happens if you need a trial, getting a copy of an Order, and links to more details.

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

  • The Evidence Primer: How to Present Your Evidence at Trial (New)
    This Primer is an introduction to the law of evidence for self-represented litigants. It provides a basic overview of the provincial rules of evidence for civil cases, incl. family cases, with a focus on practical knowledge and tips. It is not a comprehensive examination of all the issues.

Reform & Research 

Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

  • A Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada (Project in Progress)
    The Practical Guide aims to: Introduce the concept of elder abuse, provide a summary of key laws relevant to elder abuse and neglect, identify obligations to respond to abuse, neglect and risk, identify key agencies to contact if you are concerned that an older adult is being abused or neglected


BC First Nations Justice Council

  • Indigenous Justice Centres (Newly added)
    The Centres provide culturally appropriate information, advice, support and representation directly to Indigenous people at the community level. While focused primarily on criminal law and child protection issues, they also offer additional services based on community and cultural needs. There are three locations: Merritt, Prince George, and Prince Rupert

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