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  • Funding Notice - Legal Research Fund

    by Tracy McLean | Jul 21, 2016

    The Law Foundation of British Columbia has an annual $100,000 Legal Research Fund (with a maximum of $20,000 allocated per project) used to support legal research projects that “advance the knowledge of law, social policy, and the administration of justice” and also to encourage projects that “reflect the diversity of British Columbia.”

    The Foundation is currently seeking Letters of Intent for proposals for one-time projects. Visit their website to find more details about the fund, such as: who can apply, what makes a proposal eligible, and the application process.

    The Law Foundation is a non-profit foundation created to receive and distribute ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jul 19, 2016

    Canadian Estate Administration Guide

    Updated to April 2016

    The Canadian Estate Administration Guide is the only estate administration resource available in Canada with multi-jurisdictional coverage. It supports your practice with relevant and indexed commentary, legislation, key forms, and precedents covers a wide range of topics, from wills to funeral arrangements, to the final passing of accounts. It includes recent cases, tax case digests, relevant statutes from each jurisdiction, forms, precedents, checklists, and letters. 

    Topics covered: 

    • Initial Matters
    • Claims Against the Estate
    • Probate Practice
    • Passing of Accounts
    • Assets and Liabilities
    • Intestate Estates
    • Taxation
    • Forms and Precedents
    • Substitute Decisions Information
    • Estate Litigation
    • Estate Conveyancing

    Includes ...

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  • Asked and Answered: What is the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL)?

    by Megan Smiley | Jul 14, 2016

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


    If you need to know more about the VBBL the following guide can help:

    The Vancouver Charter, S.B.C. 1953, c. 55 enables the city of Vancouver to adopt bylaws that regulate the design and construction of buildings such that they can be tailored to suit the needs and interests of the city, particularly with respect to building safety. The bylaw not only regulates design and construction, but also ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jul 13, 2016

    British Columbia Practice

    Updated to May 2016

    British Columbia Practice, 3rd edition retains the features that have made it an essential civil litigation practice tool for a generation of litigators.

    • commentary sets out the rationale, history, authority and judicially mandated requirements related to a specific proceeding - enhances your understanding of complex litigation procedure and helps you avoid tactical or procedural errors
    • has been cited at all levels of court in British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada
    • current cases in your area of interest at your fingertips
    • includes unreported cases found nowhere else
    • pertinent sections of ...
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  • Asked and Answered - What is the BC Building Code?

    by Megan Smiley | Jul 12, 2016

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

    If you need to know more about the BC Building Code the following guide can help:


    The 2012 BC Building Code is the code that is currently in force, effective as of December 20, 2012. It is a provincial regulation (B.C. Regulation 264/2012) that governs new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions and is based on the National Building Code of Canada 2010 with some variations specific to ...

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  • Asked & Answered: What is the BC Terms of Union and where do I find it?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Jul 08, 2016
    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    The British Columbia Terms of Union is the document that caused the province of British Columbia to become a part of the country of Canada, when it had formerly been a British colony.   Since the Terms of Union existed prior to BC existing as a province, copies of the Terms can be a little tricky to locate in official government publications.

    The BC ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jul 05, 2016

    British Columbia Corporations Law Guide

    Updated to March 2016

    This text provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of British Columbia company law, including all relevant Acts and Regulations, decisions, rulings, and releases affecting the formation of companies and societies and their legal operation under British Columbia law.

    This guide includes relevant commentary, a Table of Concordance and numerous precedents pertaining to each topical area within, all of which have been updated to incorporate recent legislative changes. Also included are the full text of recent court decisions.

    Topics covered:

    • Incorporation and Organization
    • Company Alterations
    • Directors and Officers
    • Corporate Finance
    • Shareholders' Meetings and Agreements
    • Records and ...
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  • Pro Bono Going Public 2016 - Volunteer or Pledge Support Now!

    by lesley dobin | Jun 28, 2016

    In September 2016, over 100 volunteer lawyers will participate in the 9th annual free legal advice-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the provision of pro bono legal services in BC. In each Pro Bono Going Public 2016 location, volunteer lawyers will work in one-hour shifts throughout the day to advise individual clients in an open-air clinic setting.

    Volunteer lawyers in New Westminster, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria will each work in one-hour shifts throughout the day to advise low-income individuals in a public square. Most clients will have pre-scheduled appointments, while others will simply drop in for free legal advice on ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jun 28, 2016

    Canada Corporations Law Reporter

    Updated to April 2016

    The Canada Corporations Law Reporter covers all aspects of law and practice surrounding the life-cycle and events of a federally incorporated company. All corporate compliance and practice issues are addressed in the comprehensive expert commentary. The Reporter also contains recent case law, relevant statutes and regulations, plus forms, precedents, government policies, and other information to keep the corporation in conformance to laws and using best practices.

    It includes Tables of Concordance cited to the subsection level between all provincial and federal corporations acts as well as several useful corporate governance reference charts.

    Key ...

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  • Law Society's Second Annual Secondary School Essay Contest

    by lesley dobin | Jun 23, 2016

    For the 2016/17 school year, the Law Society is inviting all Grade 12 students and any secondary school students who have taken, or are currently enrolled in either Law 12 or Civic Studies 11, to submit an essay on the following topic:

    How would you explain the rule of law to a fellow student who has never heard the term before? You might discuss why the rule of law is important, and how it impacts our daily lives. You might also discuss any current events involving threats to the rule of law.

    The winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jun 22, 2016

    British Columbia Debtor - Creditor Law and Precedents

    Updated to February 2016

    An authoritative review of the law and procedures for enforcing monetary judgments and orders in British Columbia. Covers the procedural rules in the B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Small Claims Court and the Federal Court of Canada, accompanied with useful precedents. Topics included are pre-judgment proceedings, garnishment, execution against real and personal property, and fraudulent conveyances and preferences.

    This release adds a new chapter - Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Between Canada & The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The new chapter provides a detailed analysis of provisions of ...
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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jun 14, 2016

    The law of vendor and purchaser: the law and practice relating to contracts for sale of land in the common law provinces of Canada

    Updated February 2016

    This title covers law relating to the sale of real estate in Canada.

    Chaptered sections explore areas of interest such as: the formation of the contract for sale or the agreements of purchase and sale, canvasing the legal issues that arise from the investigation of title to repudiation or abandonment, construction of the contract to the position of the parties pending completion, examine the selection and pursuit of remedies for vendors and purchasers upon default and ...
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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Jun 07, 2016

    Choate on Discovery

    Updated February 2016

    This release updates the case law and commentary in chapters covering:
    Examination for Discovery
    • use of discovery evidence
    • who may examine
    • who may be examined
    • conduct of examination
    • examination for discovery as evidence
    • remedies and objections to answering
    • second examination
    Discovery of Documents
    • the topic in general
    • use of documents produced
    • affidavit of documents
    • orders for production
    • grounds for resisting production
    • other forms of privilege
    • waiver
    • remedies for non-production
    • the general topic of interrogatories
    • interrogatories versus oral examination
    • answers to interrogatories
    Physical Examinations 
    • physical examinations in general
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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | May 31, 2016

    Registration of Title to Land

    Updated February 2016 

    This two-volume supplemented work provides detailed analysis of the underlying principles, theory and operation of land titles systems in Canada, the adaptation of the Torrens model in the western provinces, and makes a comparative study of the principles of the title registrations embodied in the Ontario Land Titles Act and the English statutes upon which it is based.

    This release features updates to a broad-ranging array of topics in the following chapters:
    • 1 Introduction
    • 3 Bookkeeping Aspects of the System
    • 5 Functions of the Registrar
    • 6 Land Descriptions and Registered and Deposited Plans of Survey
    • 7 Water ...
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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | May 24, 2016

    Insurance Law in Canada

    Updated February 2016

    This work provides a complete treatment of insurance law in Canada, combining a scholarly treatment of general principles with a practical treatment of the issues arising in specific types of insurance practice.

    Chapters 1 through 15 contain the established text on the subject, Insurance Law in Canada. Chapters 16 through 20 are authored by practitioners who are experts in their respective fields: accident and sickness insurance; automotive insurance; liability insurance; marine insurance; and property insurance.

    The service gives you practical coverage of the issues arising in practice, combined with trusted coverage of first ...

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  • Access to Justice BC

    by Mr. Justice Robert J. Bauman | May 20, 2016

    Access to Justice BC
    is British Columbia’s response to a national call for action to make family and civil justice more accessible. It is a forum to facilitate open communication and collaborative working relationships among justice system stakeholders.

    The following entry is a cross-post from the Access to Justice BC website.

    By Mr. Justice Robert J. Bauman The Honourable Chief Justice of British Columbia Chair of Access to Justice BC

    Welcome to the Access to Justice BC website. It is my sincere pleasure to launch what I anticipate will become a series of updates communicating the activities and progress ...
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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | May 17, 2016

    Criminal Trial Handbook

    Updated February 2016

    In fifteen chapters, this resource provides defence counsel, Crown prosecutors and trial judges with a common-sense guide to every step in the criminal proceeding, from pre-arraignment through the final verdict and sentencing, and rewards the reader with the insight to find practical solutions to the variety of challenging procedural and evidentiary issues that arise in criminal trials. The authoritative commentary brings together the most recent case law and explains its relevance to the issues frequently encountered in the courtroom.

    Additional features include the full text of the Canada Evidence Act conveniently appended to this ...

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | May 10, 2016

    The Canadian Charter of Rights: the Prosecution and Defence of Criminal and Other Statutory Offences

    Updated February 2016
    Organized and presented thematically, this five volume text pulls together reported and unreported cases involving the substantive provisions of the Charter and issues of general application; the legal rights, from detention through double jeopardy; the fundamental freedoms and other rights; and remedies for breaches and for conflicts with ordinary legislation.

    Additional features include the full text of the Canada Act, 1982, tables for comparison of the Charter with the bills of rights of Canada and the US, international conventions, and earlier ...

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  • Recently Added!

    by lesley dobin | May 04, 2016

    International Law of the Sea 

    By: Georges Labrecque

    This book is a comprehensive and accessible treatise for students, academics, professionals and policy-makers interested in the institutions, processes, concepts and rules underlying the international law of the sea. Given the crucial importance of international tribunals in law of the sea, some of these topics are re-examined through recent case law. Although international in scope, some regional issues are analysed, in particular Canada and the Arctic. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is one the most important international instruments, and qualified as the "Constitution for the oceans". ...

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  • CALL Conference offers CPD credit for educational sessions

    by Tracy McLean | Apr 29, 2016

    The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is offering educational sessions from its 54th annual conference  in Vancouver, to members of the BC Bar for CPD credit hours.

    • Sunday May 15th, 2016, 3:15-4:30pm 
      The Law of Evidence in the Digital Environment (1.25 credits)
    • Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm
      The Business of Aboriginal Law in Canada (1.50 credits)
    • Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm
      Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About US Legal Research But Were Afraid To Ask! US Legal Research for Canadians (1.50 credits)
    • Monday, May 16th, 2016, 3:30-5:00pm
      Effective Approaches For Business Development and Marketing Research (1.50 ...
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