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.
The UBC Indigenous Legal Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is both a free community legal service and a law school course where upper year law students work in a clinical environment full time for a term. The clinic is founded on ‘experiential learning’ principles that embrace the concept of ‘learning by doing’.
John-Paul Boyd is the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization associated with the University of Calgary. Last year he drafted a statement of the rights and responsibilities of people who participate in Canadian court proceedings without a lawyer and it got a lot of attention.