Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: June 2020

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in June 2020. For resources specific to pandemic responses, go to Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians (bit.ly/covid19bc).

Solve Problems

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

  • So you’re representing yourself (new)
    This initial “getting you started” primer gives an overview of the self-rep process, and the other guides you can find from us on various topics. If you are or are going to be a self-represented litigant in family or civil court, this primer is for you. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.
  • A starter checklist to help you represent yourself in family or civil court (new)
    This checklist helps you prepare yourself before going to court. This version includes some examples. A blank version of the checklist that you can customize is also available.
  • Settlement Smarts for Self-Represented Litigants (updated)
    This primer helps you prepare and navigate the settlement processes you may encounter during your time as a self-represented litigant. Includes personal & strategic tips specific to the process. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.
  • Coping with the Courtroom: Essential Tips and Information for Self-Represented Litigants (updated)
    Provides info on what to expect on your day in court (What does the courtroom look like? When do I stand & sit? How do I address the judge?). Includes practical information on how to present your evidence, how to question witnesses, how to object, how to make opening & closing statements, etc. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.

Reform & Research

Raising the Alarm: The Case for Better Flame Retardant Regulation in Canada (new)
by Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

Report written for the Victoria Fire Fighters Association about improving flame retardant regulations in Canada.

HelpMap

NSRLP West
by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) West

Endeavoring to connect those who represent themselves in court and elsewhere with the information and assistance they seek. NSRLP West aims to provide connections with resources that may be helpful to people representing themselves in court or elsewhere in their lives. We do not provide legal advice but can listen and respond to the needs of people who are self representing (self-represented litigants/SRLs) in order to research and advocate for change within the justice system. We are currently assisting the community of Kamloops

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Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: May 2020

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in May 2020. For resources specific to pandemic responses, go to Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians (bit.ly/covid19bc).

Solve Problems

COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Civil Liberties & Human Rights for All
by British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

  • What is an Emergency Order? (new)
    What is an emergency order and what powers does it give governments? Learn about your rights and civil liberties in a pandemic.
  • Enforcement of Public Health Orders in B.C. during COVID-19 Pandemic (new)
    Are police and bylaw officers allowed to enforce provincial public health orders? Learn about public health order enforcement power in BC and your rights in a pandemic.
  • COVID-19 and Tenant Privacy Rights (new)
    The law gives tenants control over whether to share their medical information, including a COVID-19 diagnosis, with their landlords, and whether the landlord may share it with others. Learn about your privacy rights as a tenant in a pandemic.

Help Sheet #17: COVID-19 Supports and Resources (new)
by Disability Alliance BC

To help mitigate the financial challenges posed by COVID-19, the federal and BC governments have introduced several new emergency supports and programs. An overview of these emergency measures is available in our new information Help Sheet, HS #17: COVID-19 Supports and Programs.

Coronavirus: how COVID-19 is affecting the legal system
by Legal Aid Society

New online resources covering a wide range of topics:

  • Legal aid and other access to justice services
  • Q&A on each level of Courts, parenting, support, mortgage & rent, family violence, immigration, welfare & benefits
  • A video on applying for a protection order
  • Aboriginal peoples

Reform & Research

BC Gender Equality Report Card 2019/2020 (new)
by West Coast LEAF

This Report Card assesses the BC government’s progress on human rights and gender equality between December 2018 and early April 2020. It explores access to justice; economic security; gender-based violence; health; justice for people who are criminalized; and rights of parents, children, and youth.

HelpMap

Great news! The HelpMap listings (200+) are now mostly up to date with the latest info on accessing the services during COVID-19 restrictions. Check it out: https://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap.

Disability Law Clinic (new)
by Disability Alliance BC

Free legal advice to people with disabilities about human rights and discrimination, including:

  • Accommodations related to the COVID-19 virus and social distancing
  • Accommodation in the workplace
  • Access to transportation o Access to education
  • Housing
  • Service animals

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