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  • Can't find the book you want? Blame our search.

    by Kat Siddle | Aug 27, 2015

    If you're trying to find a book on our website, you won't have much luck today (August 27, 2015). Our website search is experiencing errors. 

    It doesn't look like it's broken, but if you look closely, you'll see that  your search results will not include books and other materials from our library catalogue.  

    There is a workaround: you can search the library catalogue by going to http://opac.courthouselibrary.ca/Catalogues/Search.aspx

    If you still can't find the book that you want, please contact our staff. 

    We are currently working on the issue and hope to have everything fixed soon. 

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I lay an information in BC?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Aug 07, 2015

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

     
    HOW DO I LAY AN INFORMATION IN BC?
     

    In British Columbia, any criminal proceeding that is not brought under s.577 of the Criminal Code is begun with the laying of an information (Form 2, Offence Act). Usually this form is laid by a law enforcement officer but it can also be laid by a member of the public.

    This is sometimes known as a private prosecution and is used by the public ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I get money that's been paid into court? (Supreme)

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Jul 24, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff.
    Search Asked & Answered here.
      
    HOW DO I GET MONEY THAT'S BEEN PAID INTO COURT? (SUPREME)

    Under certain circumstances money may be paid to a court and held pending a decision in the case.  In the Supreme Court of BC this is most commonly because of a security for costs paid to bring an appeal in a small claims matter.

    This short guide explains how to recover money that you are entitled to that is being held by the Supreme Court ...

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  • Collection Spotlight: New Additions to Citizenship and Immigration Collection

    by Shannon McLeod | Jul 24, 2015

    Collection Spotlight showcases new and interesting titles in the library’s print collection.

    We’ve added some new titles to our collection on Citizenship and Immigration.

    Canadian Family and Immigration Law: Intersections, FamilyandImmigrationDevelopments and Conflicts

    This title offers an overview of family and immigration practice areas, policy discussions, recent jurisprudence, and legislation.

    Now available at these library locations!


    AnnoCitizenshipActThe 2015 Annotated Citizenship Act
    Updated and revised, this is a comprehensive treatment of the Citizenship Act, related regulations and leading case law.

    Now available at our Vancouver and Victoria locations!
     



    InadmissibilityCrimCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility: Canadian Criminal Law Edition
    A ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I get money that's been paid into court? (Provincial)

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Jul 17, 2015


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

     HOW DO I GET MONEY THAT'S BEEN PAID INTO COURT? (PROVINCIAL)

    Under certain circumstances money may be paid to a court and held pending a decision in the case. This is usually because of a previous garnishment order or because the other party was compelled to pay as a security for costs.

    This short guide explains how to recover money that you are entitled to that is being held by the Provincial Court of BC. Note ...

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  • Collection Spotlight: New Additions to Labour and Employment Law Collection

    by Shannon McLeod | Jul 09, 2015

    Collection Spotlight showcases new and interesting titles in the library’s print collection.

    Today in the spotlight are a  few new additions to our collection on Labour and Employment Law.

    We’ve added the latest edition of…

     LabourCdAnnoThe 2015 Annotated Canada Labour Code

    This edition digests one-hundred and twenty-six new decisions rendered by the CIRB, OSH Appeal Board, adjudicators, referees and the courts since the publication of the previous edition.

    Now available at these library locations!



    Written by the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) …

     CCGdHumanRightsEmpCross-Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment

    This publication is intended ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I draft a Final Order for an undefended divorce?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Jul 03, 2015

    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.
     
    HOW DO I DRAFT A FINAL ORDER FOR AN UNDEFENDED DIVORCE?

    The form used for a final order has a variety of different purposes within the BC Supreme Court which can lead to confusion when setting the form up for an undefended divorce.

     

    This is not meant to replace legal counsel.

     

    Review each step to be sure it applies to you. 

     

    Setting up the form

     

    There are 7 options, all of ...

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  • Collection Spotlight: New UK Material

    by Shannon McLeod | Jun 25, 2015

    Collection Spotlight showcases new and interesting titles in the library's print collection.

    Today we will be looking at four new titles that we’ve added to our collection from the UK.

    In its 6th edition but new to our collection, this title covers drafting, updating, and amending contracts in the UK, Europe, and worldwide…
     

    AZcontractThe A-Z of Contract Clauses, 6th edition


    This resource contains thousands of contract clauses, copyright and rights definitions, and terms and conditions. Clauses in this edition emphasize rights and the internet, sub-licensing, merchandising, sponsorship and use of material by third parties.

    Now available at our Vancouver library location!...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I find a business number in BC?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Jun 19, 2015
    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    When attempting to begin a legal proceeding against a business or company the registered business number belonging to it is often required.  This guide will show you the steps to take to find that number.

    HOW DO I FIND A BUSINESS NUMBER IN BC?
     

      

    Locating a business number in BC requires searching the BC Corporate Registry. The registry is not available online, but can be searched for a fee through a number of methods.

    1) The ...

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  • Collection Spotlight: New additions to Criminal Law Collection

    by Shannon McLeod | Jun 11, 2015

    Collection Spotlight showcases new and interesting titles in the library’s print collection.

    In the spotlight today, we have three new titles joining our Criminal Law section.
     
     
    IssuesinCivOvroPolIssues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada

    This book provides an overview of police oversight agencies in all provinces, as well as the RCMP and military complaints system. It also includes discussions on topics such as the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, legal mechanisms of accountability of police use of force, litigation as a vehicle for police reform, off-duty police misconduct, political regulation of the police, and original research on the criteria for ...

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  • Collection Spotlight: New additions to Aboriginal Law Collection

    by Shannon McLeod | Jun 04, 2015

    Collection Spotlight showcases new and interesting titles in the library's print collection.

    Welcome to Collection Spotlight! Today we are featuring three recent additions to our collection on Aboriginal Law in Canada.

    Author Kirk Lambrecht advances the discussion surrounding the duty to consult and natural resource development in…

    AConsultEnviRegrevAboriginal Consultation, Environmental Assessment, and Regulatory Review

    This book focuses on an integrated planning model for natural resource planning and natural resource extraction allowing Aboriginal peoples, industry, governments, tribunals, and the Courts to make contributions to reconciliation in the context of sustainable development and environmental protection.

    Now available at these library locations!

     
    TermsoCoeXTerms of ...

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  • Asked & Answered: Can I text in the Courtroom?

    by Shannon McLeod | May 27, 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!

    Texting is a great way to communicate. It's fast and, with an ever-growing number of emoticons to choose from, it's fun too! But what about choosing the right time and place for texting? We hope this Asked & Answered will offer some clarity.

    CAN I TEXT IN THE COURTROOM?

    Policy for the permitted and prohibited use of electronic devices in courtrooms of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Provincial ...

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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.

    WHERE CAN I FIND A BASIC EXAMPLE OF A WAIVER FORM (PRE-EMPTIVE RELEASE)?
     
    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.

    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.

    http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/make-a-will/

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

    http://www.courthouselibrary.ca/training/HowToGuides/wills-resources

    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.

    NEW:
    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.

    WHAT PLACES ARE DESIGNATED AS TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTRES UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT?

    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.
     
    WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON AN ARREST WARRANT?

    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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