We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in December 2020.
We are integrating the Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians wikibook with Clicklaw. It means when you use Clicklaw to search and find information related to your legal issues, you can see COVID-19 info when applicable. For example, the common question on rent increase now directs you to the government website about COVID-19 and tenancies. You can also search for covid-19 rent and see listings containing these keywords in the results, from common questions on tenancy to several online resources from trusted organizations.
As a summary, here’s the link to all common questions and online resources related to COVID-19. Let us know what you think and send us feedback via email to email@example.com.
BC’s Ministry of Attorney General
- Early Resolution and Case Management Process (Family Justice) (new)
On December 7, 2020, the provincial court registries in Surrey and Victoria adopted the early resolution and case management aspects of the new Provincial Court Family Rules. This resource tells you about the process and the steps involved. Also includes a poster and a brochure downloadable in PDF.
- Early Resolution and Case Management Model Explained (new)
This document describes the Early Resolution and Case Management Model rules and process that have applied to matters under the Family Law Act (FLA) in the Victoria and Surrey Provincial Court registries. It provides information on the new processes, for both lawyers & the public.
- Early Resolution Registries Infographic (new)
This infographic explains the “Early Resolution and Case Management Model” in Victoria and Surrey locations of BC Provincial Court.
Human rights in BC (new)
by BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
An introduction to the three pillars that support human rights in the province. It also offers a brief explanation of personal characteristics based on the Human Rights Code, such as age, religion, gender identity, source of income, and many more.
BC Provincial Court
- Learning your way around a courtroom (newly added to Clicklaw)
This article explains the words used for things you’ll find in a BC Provincial Court trial courtroom, show you who sits where, and explain some of the customs you’ll see in court.
- Getting the most from your small claims settlement conference (new)
This guide helps you prepare for your small claims settlement conference. It covers audio & video settlement conferences, a checklist for getting ready, and a list of helpful resources.
National Self-Represented Litigants Project
- How to order a court transcript across Canada (updated)
This guide outlines the steps that are required to order court transcripts in each province/territory. It is a compilation of information obtained from court websites, telephone & email conversations with court services/transcript services at different courthouses, and from legal professionals.
- Critical Judicial Decisions for Self-Represented Litigants (new)
This primer contains a concise summary of Pintea v Johns. It also demonstrates a number of ways that Pintea may be successfully applied in a legal argument – and highlights specific limitations as well. It also includes summaries of two other very important decisions for SRLs that you can use.
Reform & Research
COVID-19 BC Gender Equality Report Card (new)
by West Coast LEAF
The Report Card assesses BC’s pandemic response in terms of impacts for gender justice. It explores access to justice, economic security, freedom from gender-based violence, health care, justice for people who are criminalized, and rights of parents, children & youth.