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  • Asked & Answered: Where can I find a basic example of a waiver form (Pre-emptive release)?

    by Shannon McLeod | May 11, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    NEW: We just added a new question!

    Looking for a waiver form? We've written a brief Asked & Answered highlighting one of our resources that contains a basic waiver/pre-emptive release form example.

    The Law of Releases in Canada by Fred D. Cass provides a basic form for a pre-emptive release in Appendix C “Pre-Emptive Release – Basic Version” page 321. This title ...

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  • Using a Wikipedia-Style Website to Serve Free Legal Information

    by Nathaniel Russell | Apr 15, 2015
    Yesterday Courthouse Libraries BC teamed up with the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch to announce by formal press release the addition of CBABC's Dial-A-Law scripts to Clicklaw Wikibooks. It's an exciting step for us, as the host of Clicklaw Wikibooks, since Dial-A-Law scripts are perhaps the longest-surviving example of the BC legal profession's dedication to helping the public with free legal information. The scripts cover over 130 legal topics, and have existed in various formats for over 30 years. Dial-A-Law started in 1983 with help from the BC Law Foundation and its scripts have been edited by volunteer lawyers ...
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  • Asked & Answered: Who is designated to analyze blood samples in BC?

    by Shannon McLeod | Apr 13, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    UPDATED: We've updated one of our questions!

    We've updated this Asked & Answered to reflect current information, contacts, and relevant legislation. We hope this will provide a more comprehensive look at Who is designated to analyze blood samples in BC.


    Taking Blood Samples

    Section 225(3) BC Motor Vehicle Act RSBC 1996 c.318 states that a blood sample under this section may only be taken by a person or class ...

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  • Make a Will Week

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Apr 07, 2015

    April 6 to 12 is Make-Will-Week in British Columbia. This event each year is meant to encourage people to either create a will or make sure their will is up to date and to raise awareness about the tools available to make the process easier.


    Courthouse Libraries BC has assembled a page of resources to aid both professionals and public with wills-related matters.


    The following are a sample of the types of resources available.  Check out the resources link above for the complete list.

    1. Clicklaw – Clicklaw is a legal information database meant to present concepts of law ...
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  • Asked & Answered: What places are designated as temporary detention centres under the Youth Criminal Justice Act?

    by Shannon McLeod | Mar 30, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    We just added a new question!

    Section 30(1) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act refers to places of temporary detention for youth being detained prior to being sentenced or in accordance with a warrant. In this post we hope to answer the question of where these places are and who is responsible for the designations.


    Youth Criminal Justice Act (S.C. 2002, ...

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  • Courthouse Libraries Looseleafs To Receive Annual Physicals

    by Mandy Ostick | Mar 17, 2015
    There are a variety of things that make sense to tackle on an annual basis. Spring-cleaning or a check-up with your family doctor are a couple of examples.  Usually, it’s a matter of efficiency that determines that an annual schedule is the right approach.  

    At Courthouse Libraries, efficiency is telling us that it’s time to move looseleaf publication updates to an annual schedule, and discontinue our “pay as you go” subscriptions.  “Pay as you go” meant that we received updated content on the publisher’s unpredictable schedule, with variable prices. We’re confident that this change to annual updates will meet ...
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  • Asked & Answered: Where can I find information on an arrest warrant?

    by Shannon McLeod | Mar 16, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    We've put together this Asked & Answered because it’s not always clear where or how to get information on arrest warrants: they are rarely filed with the court and the public may not access unexecuted warrants.

    The BC Offence Act [RSBC 1996] c. 338 sections 33-37 contains information about warrants.

    Police may or may not need a warrant for an arrest, depending on the seriousness of the ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How can I find out who owns apartment buildings in BC?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Mar 09, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here

    How Can I Find Out Who Owns an Apartment Building in BC?

    If you need to find out who owns a building in BC the following guide can help:

    In British Columbia, it isn’t always obvious who the owner of an apartment building actually is.  Each building in BC is classified by a PID.  The PID is a unique 9-digit number used to identify parcels of land within BC. (http://www.ltsa.ca/cms/how-to-access-records).  Discovering who owns an apartment building is a two-step ...

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  • Asked & Answered: Where can I find a chart for periods of notice awarded? (Wrongful Dismissal)

    by Shannon McLeod | Mar 02, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here

    We just added a new question!

    Looking for an at-a-glance look at periods of notice awarded for wrongful dismissal cases? The table available from Wrongful Dismissal by David Harris organizes cases into different categories with consideration of position, age, length of service, and period of notice. 

    Where can I Find a Chart for Periods of Notice Awarded? (Wrongful Dismissal)

    Wrongful Dismissal Revised and Consolidated Edition by David Harris, Volume 2 – Chapter 4: Damages, Section ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I stop a bailiff/possession order?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Feb 24, 2015
    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here

    Bailiffs are knocking on my door--what do I do?!?

    Property owners can employ bailiffs to take possession of a property following a court order.  Bailiffs are compelled to follow that order regardless of circumstances unless they are presented with a stay.  You can apply to temporarily halt the bailiffs using the following guide:
    There are a number of steps to take when facing eviction by bailiffs.
    In order to halt bailiffs who are attempting to ...
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  • Courthouse Libraries BC Now Offering WestlawNext Canada

    by Alex McNeur | Feb 13, 2015

    Courthouse Libraries BC continues to be dedicated to keeping you current with legal information. So we're very pleased to announce that we have rolled out WestlawNext Canada throughout the province.  We've offered LawSource, CriminalSource and Criminal Spectrum in our libraries for quite some time, and WestlawNext is the new platform that combines these three resources in to one powerful finding tool. This is definitely a better version - a true upgrade.  The biggest difference is the breadth of one's search. In the older version, one had to select a particular database to search. Now you can run a plain language ...

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  • Of Google's Pending End-to-End Encryption Extension and Vintage Email Legal Ethics Opinions

    by Nathaniel Russell | Jan 07, 2015

    Last June people perked up to the news that Google was developing an email encryption extension to Google Chrome. The alpha version of the “End-To-End” extension was posted publicly for the coding community to test and kick around, and David Whelan dropped the news on Slaw in the course of a more general post about the importance of encryption and the risks lawyers take when they don’t properly safeguard client data.

    Unlike data on your hard disk, data sent by email has always been prohibitively complicated to encrypt. The tools necessary to encrypt email from sender to recipient have ...

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  • Convictions and Orders Under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA)

    by Ryan M.J. Johnson | Dec 01, 2014

    For certain prescribed offences, if a person is convicted of, pleads guilty to, or is found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder (“NCRMD”) the court will make an order under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (“SOIRA”). That order will require the convicted person to provide the police with their personal information and keep the police updated if their relevant personal information changes. The length of time that orders under SOIRA last ranges from 10 years to life, depending on the type of offence which the order is made for. Needless to say, as a practitioner it is ...

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  • Tricky Legislation: The Adult Guardianship Act (updated Nov. 26, 2014)

    by CLBC Administrator | Nov 26, 2014

    In theory, it should not be a momentous task to find out if an Act is in force, but sometimes it really is.  

    If we resolve a particularly complicated piece of legislation, we know that there are others out there who may have similar questions.  So we like to write a blog post about it so that someone else, faced with the same research, doesn't have to start from scratch.

    The latest post in our "Tricky Legislation" series is a particularly confusing one and concerns the Adult Guardianship Act. Sections were brought in to force by various proclamations, but some ...

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  • Earn CPD Where You Are, On Your Own Time

    by Meghan Maddigan | Nov 21, 2014

    Last year, I had the incredible privilege of travelling the province of BC visiting lawyers.  Among the many things I learned, I was struck by the ingenuity of local communities who come together to support one another.

    Lawyers from Port Alberni to Prince George to Trail gave me incredible examples of ways that their local Bar are getting together to learn from one another.  While our practical and targeted webinars meet some of the needs of our remote lawyers, these lawyers highly value getting to network within their communities. Yet travelling out of town for all CPD was often cost ...

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  • Privacy Alert: Adobe Digital Editions Version 4.0

    by Nathaniel Russell | Oct 10, 2014

    UPDATE: January 22, 2014

    This story originally broke in early October 2014. More recent reports from late October and early November 2014, including this one from Nate Hoffelder (who broke the original story), and this one from the Electronic Frontiers Foundation indicate that early concerns were founded. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) version 4.0 was observed collecting extensive information about ebooks and conveying it unencrypted to Adobe servers. These reports also indicate some encouraging developments however.

    ADE version 4.1 has been released and EFF reports that it "appears the problem is solved, for now." ADE 4.1 is communicating with encryption, and ...

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  • Earn CPD and Improve Your Skills for free at Courthouse Libraries BC

    by Kat Siddle | Sep 26, 2014
    September 23 marked the official start of fall. The leaves are falling, children are (finally) heading back to school, and Courthouse Libraries BC is starting our fall 2014 training season. 

    We're bringing back popular webinars, like our 10 Tips for Finding Legal Information Online, and debuting some brand-new, practiced-focused sessions, like CLE Online for Family Lawyers and Legislation for Solicitors

    If you are a BC lawyer, you can participate in these events for free from anywhere in the province: all our sessions are being delivered online, so you can join us from any place with a computer and an internet ...

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  • Public legal events at large in the community

    by Nathaniel Russell | Sep 23, 2014
    It's hard enough remembering the early bird deadline for conferences that offer CPD credit and professional networking opportunities, so it's not surprising that few lawyers will have much of a concept for the calendar of legal events and seminars aimed at the public. 
    There is, nonetheless, always something going on, some public workshop, community outreach event, or library-sponsored public forum. These aim to inform the broader populace — or in many cases educate niches of society, such as youth, elders, immigrants, etc., who may have concerns and interests that make them unique in the legal system.
    Take, for instance, a wave of recent events...
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  • Johanne Blenkin: Courthouse Libraries BC 2014/2015 Service Reductions

    by Johanne Blenkin | Aug 06, 2014

    CLBC has recently reduced or discontinued some services and adjusted our staffing levels in response to an 18% funding cut from our primary funder, the Law Foundation of British Columbia. 

    Because the majority of our current budget is devoted to two core areas (staffing costs and information resources), it is not possible to absorb a budget reduction of this size without affecting these two areas.  After careful review, we have made the following adjustments:

    • Service for our Vancouver reference counter has been reduced from 3 to 2 on-duty staff during regular service hours. Our staffing levels have been slightly ...
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  • JP Boyd: Adapting Joyce and Horn Models for Divorce Act and Family Relations Act

    by CLBC Administrator | Aug 01, 2014

    Under the regime just past, the overlapping concepts of custody under the Divorce Act and custody and guardianship under the Family Relations Act allowed us to think of custody as a somewhat empty concept, largely valued by our clients for the perception of power and control it implied, and guardianship as the repository of the real nuts and bolts of parenting. As joint custody became increasingly prevalent, guardianship often became the flash point for conflict among our clients and we typically managed that conflict in one of two ways, by defining the rights and obligations involved in joint guardianship or by dividing the ...

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