Final Session of the Family Law Webinar Series: JP Boyd on Upcoming Changes to the Divorce Act

Photograph of JP Boyd Q.C. As we roll into the summer, we are coming to the end of our JP Boyd on Family Law webinar series for public library staff and front line workers. The final session will be on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 9:00 AM (PST), where we will be discussing the upcoming changes to the Divorce Act (free).

Register here: JP Boyd on Upcoming Changes to the Divorce Act 

This webinar, as our previous sessions, is for public library staff and front-line workers. The webinar will run for 1 hour and include a presentation by John-Paul, Q.C., a demonstration of how to use the online Wikibook, and a Q & A period where you’ll have the opportunity to pose questions and watch him effectively navigate the resource. Front-line courthouse librarians will be hosting alongside John-Paul to share their own experiences, tips, and tricks.

Want to learn more about the changes being made to the Divorce Act prior to the session? Check out this chapter on the JP Boyd on Family Law wikibook – The New Divorce Act 

Register here: JP Boyd on Upcoming Changes to the Divorce Act

Cover of the JP Boyd on Family Law wikibook

Our previous session in this series, including our bonus session on the impact of COVID-19  on family law, are all available on our Vimeo channel

We know that many of you are in a place of change right now as libraries around the province begin to re-start in-branch services. Courthouse Libraries BC branches around the province are remaining physically closed for right now, but our librarians are working remotely and remain available to help you with legal reference questions! Staff are available through email or over the phone, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

Email: librarian@courthouselibrary.ca

Toll-free phone: 1-800-665-2570

Phone: 604-660-2841

 

In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of resources and referrals you may find helpful for your legal reference work, especially as the courts begin to re-start and hear non-urgent matters.

Legal Information Sources for everyday issues: COVID-19, family law, and useful sites

All these resources are continually updated with new information as it becomes available, so please check them periodically for more information!

Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians: This Clicklaw Wikibook provides a directory of online legal information resources regarding COVID-19 and is continually updated by CLBC librarians.    

People’s Law School: The People’s Law School have made a guides to benefits and updating wills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also see their Q&A guide Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered to find up-to-date information about legal topics.

LegalHelpBC: The Justice Education Society uses this website to provide up-to-date legal information on a variety of legal topics.

Family Law in BC: Legal Aid BC has put up answers to legal questions about family law during COVID-19.

Legal Referrals and Advocates

As the courts begin to re-open, you may find more patrons are looking for referrals to legal help. Many organizations are following social distancing guidelines and are operating remotely, either over the phone or online through video conferencing.

Legal Aid BC and Aboriginal Legal Aid BC: currently accepting applications over the phone. Contact them toll-free at 1-866-577-2525 or 604-408-2172.

Lawyer Referral Service: This program from Access Pro Bono provides 30 minutes of free legal advice to British Columbians. The service can be used over the phone or through video conferencing.

Amici Curiae: Looking for help with court forms? Amici Curiae is now offering virtual appointments to assist in filling out court forms. Get an appointment through their website, over email, or over the phone. 

PovNet: has made a list of service changes for advocates and legal help throughout the province.

The Clicklaw HelpMap is available to help you find legal help in your area. Use keywords and your location to find advocates near you – the HelpMap is being continually updated with information about how organizations are currently running.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions: lawmatters@courthouselibrary.ca

We’re looking forward to continuing to support you and your libraries through this transition period.

Wishing you all the best!