Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: January 2020

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.

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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.

A screenshot of the homepage of the online divorce assistant website

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.

Cover page of "Who Can Stay at the Family Home on Reserve"

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.

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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.

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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.

Logo of Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre

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.

Legal Clinic
from Rise Women’s Legal Centre

New location – the clinic is now at 516 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A2.

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The Advocacy Centre
from Nelson CARES Society

We no longer visit Trail. Our services are still available in Nelson & Castlegar.

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February 2020 Events

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Educating & Helping the Public

Free or low cost events for the general public to understand and use the law. Online via webinars, or in person (mostly in Metro Vancouver). Follow the links to see cost & registration info.

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  • Wills and Estates
    • When: Monday, February 10, 2020 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Where: Port Moody Library
  • Wills and Estates
    • When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Where: Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
  • Power Attorney
    • When: Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Where: Burnaby Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
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  • Housing Forum
    • When: February 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Where: Douglas College Surrey Learning Centre
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  • Recordkeeping and privacy for nonprofits
    • When: Wed, 26 February 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Where: Alliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Copyright 101
    • When: Wed, 26 February 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Where: Alliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
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Learning & Community Building

Free or low cost professional development events for intermediaries. Also, events in your community by organizations who help British Columbians in their interactions with the legal system.

Logo of the 2020 Social Justice Law Conference
  • Social Justice Law Conference 2020: Changing Systems – What Can Lawyers & Advocates Do?
    For lawyers, legal advocates, and law students practicing in social justice fields of law. Panel topics include: an intersectional approach to the climate crisis; issues arising from the expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) into the realm of judicial, tribunal and government decision-making; Trans Rights and A2J barriers; and effective strategies for collaboration among lawyers and legal advocacy groups in changing systems to increase gender equality and refugee rights.
    • When: Saturday, 1 February 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Where: Segal Building, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W5
    • Cost/registration: Lawyers: $100; Legal Advocates, Articled Student & General Public: $50; Law Students: $20. Register online.
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  • Self-represented parties and mental health
    Practical advice on how to more effectively assist self-represented parties who have mental health conditions that impact their ability to navigate the legal system.
    • When: 04 Feb 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Where: Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St, Vancouver
    • Cost/registration: Social Justice Friend Rate: Consider a minimum of $25 donation. Register online.
  • Amici Curiae LEXtures: Employment Law 101 (ACL EMP 101)
    • When: 25 Feb 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Where: Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St, Vancouver
    • Cost/registration: Single In-Person Seat Rate – $157.50. Social Justice Friend Rate: Consider a minimum of $25 donation. Register online.
  • Provincial Learning Event – Contextualizing Abuse & Neglect
    We will consider how and why trans older adults are more vulnerable to neglect, abuse and mistreatment than their cisgender counterparts, and will provide some preliminary background and context to the lives of trans older adults and elders.
    • When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Where: Toll-free teleconference
    • Cost/registration: Email to receive dial-in info.
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Mediate BC's logo
  • Regulating Mediation and Arbitration in the Public Interest – Public Town Hall (online)
    “The Board of Directors of Mediate BC believes it is time that we, as a community of dispute resolution professionals, engage in dialogue about the benefits and risks of regulating mediation and arbitration, from the perspective of various stakeholders – the public, the profession, and the justice system.” – Lori Charvat, Mediate BC Board Chair
    • When: Feb 20, 2020 05:00 PM
    • Where: Online via Zoom
    • Cost/registration: Free. Register online.

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