Cliff 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.