LawMatters works with public libraries to enhance public access to legal information in all communities throughout British Columbia. Supported by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, LawMatters is Courthouse Libraries BC's outreach program for public librarians.
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Law Books for Libraries
One of the key components of the LawMatters program is the development of a list of recommended materials for small, medium and large size public libraries:
Law Books for Libraries - LBL 2018 (June 2018)
These guidelines are used in the LawMatters program to select materials for the list of recommended titles in Law Books for Libraries, and allows for occasional exceptions. If you wish to purchase materials not currently on the list, please use the guidelines in making your selection and forward your list to the LawMatters project coordinator before purchasing.
Jurisdiction: BC/Canadian law.
Currency: Published within the last 5 years.
Practical: Legal resources for individual citizens rather than legal theory and analysis.
Legal: Resources include a significant legal component
- For non-profit organizations and small businesses, there has to be a significant legal component and not be a resource for a specific business such as Start and Run a Bed and Breakfast
- Another example: estate planning (primarily law based) but not wealth planning (accounting based).
General Reference: Legal research/legal procedure/legal dictionaries.
Varied: Where possible avoid duplication of similar titles by several publishers
Click here to download LawMatters Selection Guidelines.
Retention and Updating Guide
The Retention and Weeding Guidelines were used to produce the LawMatters Retention and Weeding Guide and include:
- How to use the Guide
- General Guidelines for Legal Collections
- Legislation at your Library
Retention and Weeding List (August 2017)
Resources for Community Groups and Libraries
Legal Information & Legal Advice (May 2018)
A quick reference guide for librarians and library staff that contrasts examples of legal information with examples of legal advice.
BC Toll-Free Referral Phone Numbers (August 2016)
Contains phone numbers and websites for many BC legal information and advice services.
A Brief Guide to Finding Court Documents (June 2015)
Gives sample questions, possible responses and tips for searching court documents.
Beginner's Guide to Finding Legal Information (2015) Clicklaw Wikibooks
Provincial Court Resources - Clicklaw
Resources on Family, Small Claims, and Criminal court that can be printed as handouts.
See Community Forums page for information about Community Legal Information Forums for your library.
For more information, contact Megan Smiley, Program Coordinator