Most people involved in family disputes would like to have a lawyer help them, but many feel they can’t afford it. Until recently hiring a lawyer was usually an all-or-nothing proposition. You hired a lawyer and turned the conduct of your entire case over to them, or you were on your own.
Each year, 1 in 7 British Columbians gets legal help or legal education from one of the Justice Education Society’s resources or programs.
How can separating and divorcing families in BC get help to resolve their disputes safely, effectively, affordably, and without undue delay? The BC Ministry of Justice’s Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) provides services to do just this at 24 centres around the province and by web, phone and videoconferencing. This eNews will tell you more about their services and how to access them.
BC’s Legal Services Society is breaking ground in Canada, and even world-wide, with its use of interactive online technology to help solve legal problems. The ‘guided pathways’ used in MyLawBC represent a significant shift in the way legal organizations approach the public and deliver legal information. Find out how this new tool works.
A new approach
If you are convicted of a crime when you are 18 or older, that information will be recorded in a permanent criminal record. If you later apply and receive a pardon or record suspension, your criminal record may be sealed so it cannot be accessed.