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  • Exploring Electronic Resources: British Columbia Court Forms

    by Lesley Dobin | Sep 22, 2016

    This is the weekly look at one of the many valuable online legal information resources available when you visit the Courthouse Libraries of BC.  

    Available on QuicklawBritish Columbia Court Forms is a comprehensive service containing forms and precedents relating to the practice of civil litigation in British Columbia.  Commentary accompanies the forms describing their utilization along with analysis of relevant case law.

    Researchers in a hurry may also perform full text searches, but if you enjoy browsing, the forms are arranged chronologically, as they would typically be used during the course of a proceeding. From preliminary matters to disposition without trial; from pleadings and discovery, to appeals and proceedings in an appellate court, this source gives you access to a collection of litigation-related forms. 
    Topics include:

    • Affidavits
    • Petitions
    • Service, delivery and appearance
    • Motions
    • Orders
    • Authority to act
    • Pleadings
    • Interpleader
    • Admissions, amendments and striking out
    • Discovery
    • Compromise and settlement
    • Disposition without trial
    • Fast track litigation
    • Trial
    • Appeals to Court of Appeal
    • Appeals to Supreme Court of Canada
    • Foreclosure and related proceedings
    • Builders lien proceedings
    • Estate litigation
    • Family law proceedings
    • Practice directions and notices to the profession

    When you are next in the library performing research or borrowing material, don’t forget to explore the resources online and check back here every week, to learn more about the electronic resources available on-site at any location of Courthouse Libraries BC.

  • Recently Updated!

    by Lesley Dobin | Sep 21, 2016

    British Columbia Annual Practice (AKA The White Book)
    Updated to 2017

    Relied on by lawyers and judges for nearly 30 years, British Columbia Annual Practice provides comprehensive, accurate and highly credible expert insight on the Supreme Court Civil Rules.

    Practice tools contained in volume one include:

    • The Supreme Court Civil Rules and Supreme Court Family Rules, fully annotated with thousands of authors' personally selected cases (both reported and unreported)
    • Court of Appeal Rules, Supreme Court Act and Court of Appeal Act also fully annotated with thousands of authors' personally selected cases (both reported and unreported)    
    • Practice Directions/Directives and Notices to the Profession
    • An in-depth procedural guide explaining the procedures associated with the Civil Rules
    • Two way tables of concordance of the old and new Civil Rules and Family Rules
    • Regulations regarding Notices to Mediate and more.

    The Forms and Small Claims Volume contains:

    • Forms that relate to Supreme Court Civil Rules, Supreme Court Family Rules Court of Appeal Rules, and Notice to Mediate Regulations.
    • Small Claims Act, Small Claims Rules and Practice Directions
    • The full text of 24 key statutes

    New in this Edition

    Legislation has been updated to B.C. Reg. 88/2016 (April 5, 2016) and to Can. Gaz. 150:10 (May 18, 2016).

    A wealth of new annotations and expanded commentary on cases personally selected and summarized by the authors.

    The British Columbia court rules included in this book have been updated as follows:

    • Supreme Court Civil Rules updated to B.C. Reg. 87/2016;
    • Court of Appeal Rules updated to B.C. Reg. 6/2016;
    • Supreme Court Family Rules updated to B.C. Reg. 4/2016; and
    • Small Claims Rules updated to B.C. Reg. 5/2016.

  • BC Family Innovation Lab Launches New Website and Blog

    by Kari Boyle | Sep 20, 2016
    The following blog post is a cross-post from the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab website.
    By Kari Boyle
     Coordinator, BC Family Justice Innovation Lab 


    What is the Lab?

    The Lab is not a place, an organization or a product.  It is a space.  A space for taking new approaches to family justice innovation in BC.  It is a space for diverse groups of people to work together with the support and tools they need.

    Who is working on the Lab?

    Our Core Lab Team is described here.  I have the privilege of the “Coordinator” title but we are all working as a team to keep moving forward.

    Why is the Lab important? 

    Previous family justice reforms have not resulted in the kind of transformational change that is really needed to make the system accessible and effective for BC families.  It remains too complex, too expensive and too time-consuming.  A new approach is needed.  A small group of us looked outside the justice system for inspiration and were excited to learn about “lab” approaches being used in other sectors to effect meaningful social change.  This approach is different because it is:

    • family-centred (not just in words but in action)
    • systemic
    • participatory
    • experimental
    It is focused on action rather than creating another report with recommendations for what others should do to make things better.  We have enough reports.  We will aim to experiment, including with prototyping, and to take a “learn as you go” approach while still ensuring we have robust evaluation data.

    There are many different kinds of labs.  This Lab will focus on using a combination of human-centred design approaches and system thinking (coined “systemic design”).  Human-centred design places the people who will be using the innovation at the centre of the innovation design process. It is a fast-paced, experimental process that taps into people’s innate creativity, and has four iterative steps – empathy, definition, ideation and prototyping.  System thinking acknowledges that the BC family justice system is a complex adaptive system and encourages multi-disciplinary engagement with people across the “system” defined broadly i.e. all of the pieces that families encounter while taking their journey through separation and divorce.  As M. Jerry McHale Q.C. said early in our exploration, “this is not a justice issue with some social aspects, this is a social issue with a few justice aspects”.

    We believe that the Lab will be able to pursue change in new ways that individual justice organizations cannot do by themselves.  In so doing, we aim to support and amplify their efforts to improve the BC justice system.  We are also committed to supporting and collaborating with the Access to Justice BC.

    This is a learning journey.  We don’t have everything figured out but we are confident that we can help if we start, if we engage with others, if we are open to creative ideas, and if we really try to see the system from the perspective of those we exist to serve.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to participate in the Lab in some way.  Follow us on Twitter (@BCFamInnovLab) and use the “contact us” feature on our website and we will get back to you. Thank you.


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