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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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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Apr 26, 2016

    Civil Evidence Handbook 

    Updated February 2016 
    The Civil Evidence Handbook is a succinct reference to evidentiary matters. It includes the Evidence Acts from all common law provinces as well as the Canada Evidence Act and a concordance to these Acts.

    This release features valuable updates to the commentary and case law in Chapters 2 (Relevance), 6 (Competence and Compellability), 9 (Examination-in-Chief), 11 (Cross Examination) and 17 (Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule).

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  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Apr 19, 2016

    Wrongful Dismissal

    Updated February 2016

    This three-volume national work provides a comprehensive treatment on the law of wrongful dismissal in Canada. Coverage includes:

    • the contract of employment employee status
    • types of dismissal and the "just cause" defence
    • damages and the duty to mitigate related actions including actions tort, injunctive relief, and statuatory actions
    • employee protections under the Canada Labour Code
    • tax considerations
    • the impact of statutes on the assessment of damages
    • charts of notice awards
    • relevant legislation
    • concordance tables
    This release features an update to the case law and commentary of Chapter 2 (Status as Employee), Chapter 3 (dismissal), Chapter 4 ...
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  • Make a Will Week 2016

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Apr 07, 2016

    Make a Will Week 2016 is just around the corner!  Running from April 10-16, Make a Will Week is an event encouraging British Columbians to write a will or to bring their old wills up to date. 

    Check out the Wills Resources collections assembled by Courthouse Libraries BC and the Make a Will Week homepage set up by the BC government.  Both will provide links to a wealth of different tools to help you write your will and plan for the future.


    These are just a few examples of the resources available:

    Nidus Personal Planning Registry – a secure ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I apply for a restraining order - Peace Bonds and Family Protection Orders

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Apr 01, 2016


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

    Go to Part 1: What is a Protection Order?

    In BC there are two types of orders that might be referred to as a Restraining Order, though they are properly called Protection Orders. A Family Protection Order is used to protect family members from “family violence” and can only be obtained against a person you share a family relation with, which can include ...

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  • Tweet the Chief Judge of the BC Provincial Court

    by lesley dobin | Apr 01, 2016

    In a few weeks, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to chat with the Chief Judge of the BC Provincial Court, Thomas Crabtree, who will be hosting a live Twitter Town Hall.


    April 14, 2016, 1-3 pm


    Live Twitter Town Hall Q&A with Chief Judge Crabtree


    -  Access to justice
    -  The future of the justice system
    -  Problem-solving courts
    -  First Nations courts 

    More information about the event and topics that will be covered is available here.

    How to Participate:

    Follow @BCProvCourt

    Tweet using the hashtag, #AskChiefJudge.

    If you're not available on April 14th, ...

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  • You Asked, We Listened

    by Lesley Dobin | Mar 31, 2016

    In response to multiple requests the Courthouse Library has purchased Plus TC&D: the assessment of costs and disbursements in motor vehicle injury litigation, 3rd edition by Christopher J. Hope with Kathryn S. Sainty.

    Described as a “…comprehensive guide to the assessment of costs and disbursements. Newly updated and expanded, including significant revisions to the sections on expert reports, MRIs, interest on disbursements, and fast track costs.” A useful tool for British Columbia lawyers dealing with personal injury.

    Click here to view it in the catalogue.

    Is there a title you would like to see added to the library? ...

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  • Library computers and catalogue unavailable Sat, March 26

    by Kat Siddle | Mar 24, 2016
    Our public computers in all our locations will be unavailable on Saturday, March 26.  Our library catalogue will also be offline. You'll be able to use our website, but you won't be able to check out books or check what location a book is in. 

    The computers and catalogue will be offline from 8am-10pm, Saturday March 26. 

    This outage is due to a planned building-wide power outage in our Vancouver location (where our servers are housed). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Everything should be working and available on Friday, Sunday and Monday, though our branches will all be unstaffed ...
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  • Asked & Answered: How do I apply for a Constitutional Remedy under Charter section 11(b) for a traffic violation?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Feb 12, 2016
    How do I apply for a Constitutional Remedy under Charter section 11(b) for a traffic violation?
    Asked & Answered is a collection of answers to tricky legal research questions, written by Courthouse Libraries staff. Search Asked & Answered here.

    Under the Canadian Charter of Rights, section 11(b) entitles anyone charged with a crime to the right to be heard within a reasonable time. After an “unreasonable delay”, an application can be made for a constitutional remedy, alleging that your charter rights have been infringed or denied.

    According to the Charter, an application of this type must be made to ...

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  • Tricky Legislation: the newly revised Local Government Act

    by Tracy McLean | Jan 28, 2016

    Effective January 1, 2016, the revised Local Government Act, SBC 2015, c. 1, was brought into force by BC Reg #257/2015 as a limited revision under the Statute Revision Act, RSBC 1996, c. 140.  It consolidates the previously existing act and its amendments, and revises it by simplifying the numbering and updating the style and language.


    The Act is the primary legislation for regional districts and improvement districts, setting out the framework for governance and structure, as well as the main powers and responsibilities. Certain municipal provisions remain in effect for matters not covered by ...

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  • Asked & Answered: How do I obtain my certificate of divorce?

    by Shannon McLeod & Roman Lanzarotta | Dec 18, 2015

    How do I obtain my certificate of divorce?

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

    Once a divorce is official, 31 days after the divorce order is entered, it is possible to obtain a Certificate of Divorce. The date will be shown on the first page of the divorce order.

    Therefore, 32 days from the date the divorce order was made, a Certificate of Divorce may be applied for from the Registry where the divorce was filed using form F56. There is a fee ...

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  • Asked & Answered: Can I File My Court Documents in French in BC?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Nov 30, 2015
    Can I File Court Documents in French in BC?

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

    At the federal level Canada has two official languages, but in most cases BC courts only accept court filings in English. Criminal matters are the exception, allowing either official language per s.530 of the Criminal Code. This is because the official language policy of Canada largely applies to federal services and does not infringe upon each province’s right to decide its own language use.

    When Canada was first ...

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  • Asked & Answered: What is the Family Law Picklist?

    by Roman Lanzarotta | Nov 19, 2015
    What is the Family Law Picklist?

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

    The Family Law Picklist is a drafting tool that can help with the construction of family orders in the provincial court.

    The Family Law Picklist is a collection of DARS (digital audio recording system) codes used by provincial court clerks to refer to certain wording for a family order. By drafting your orders with the relevant number codes, the order can be recorded very quickly by the registry and may speed ...
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  • Collection Spotlight: Fall Roundup

    by Shannon McLeod | Nov 02, 2015

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

    Cooler weather, falling leaves, pumpkin-spice…  and new books at the library! Today we will be featuring quite a few new books that we’ve added to our collection this fall.

    Here is an overview of some of our latest arrivals:

    Criminal Jury Charge Practicejurychargepractice
    This book aims to assist criminal law practitioners, as well as judges, in validating objections and requests to remedy errors, omissions or generic instructions in the jury charge.

    The Practitioner’s Criminal Code 2016

    Employment obligations & Confidential Information 3rd Edition

    British Columbia Family Law ...

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  • Have We Been Mishandling Our Alienation Cases?: Let’s Try a Different Approach

    by John-Paul E. Boyd | Oct 19, 2015

    This post first appeared on Slaw on October 16, 2015 and has been reposted for the benefit of Courthouse Libraries BC readers.

    Family law cases involving sincere allegations of parental alienation are difficult, highly emotional and profoundly conflicted. Although a certain number of these cases were likely to be high-conflict anyway, adding allegations of alienation to the mix makes conflict a near certainty. I can, however, imagine an alternative, more child-centred approach to these cases that might encourage negotiation and curb the usual rush to trial.

    Allegations of alienation are extraordinarily painful to all involved, and it seems to me ...

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