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British Columbia Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Issues and trends affecting privacy in British Columbia. Site includes archived issues of The Bulletin, emerging trends, press releases, as well as links to other related sites.

British Columbia Law Institute
Provides Law Reform Commission's Published Reports, Consultation Papers, and Study Papers. Includes links to Law Reform Projects.

British Columbia Superior Courts
Links to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and the Reasons for Judgment Database.

British Columbia Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre
If you don’t have a lawyer representing you, the BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre in Vancouver can help you get the information you need to prepare your Supreme Court family or civil case.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Sponsored by the Federation of Law Societies, this site provides links to legal information (statutes, regulations, courts) for Canada, all 10 provinces and 3 territories. Includes a search engine to links collections.

Clicklaw
This site provides legal information, education and help for British Columbians. Clicklaw is operated by the Courthouse Libraries BC as part of their mission to improve public access to legal information.

Department of Justice of Canada
Recent justice legislation, news releases, laws and regulations, government initiatives, publications, and links to sites of interest.

Dial-A-Law
Sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia) and funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, this site provides a printed copy of pre-recorded taped messages, by lawyers, on legal matters specific to British Columbia. Telephone numbers are provided so that individuals may contact a lawyer or listen to any of the taped messages.

FindLaw
A large search engine and subject directory dedicated to law information on the Internet. An excellent, comprehensive resource for American law.

Justice Access Centres
Justice Access Centres have been created by the Ministry of Justice to provide holistic and integrated services to clients facing civil and family issues. JACs enable people to access the civil justice system more quickly and effectively by providing information, needs assessment, brief services and counseling, referrals to other services, dispute resolution services and access to legal advice and representation, if needed. JACs offer alternatives to litigation for solving civil problems through dispute resolution; encouraging early and direct problem solving; and assisting people to select the best process for their problem. When litigation is the best option, JAC staff help people to prepare to participate in the court process.

Justice Education Society
Established in 1989 as the Law Courts Education Society, the Justice Education Society is dedicated to improving access to the justice system through hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and those working in the system. This non-profit organization with ongoing public and private sector financial and volunteer support offers a unique and comprehensive collection of justice-related educational services and effectively work towards creating a justice system that is accessible to all.

Law Society of BC - Lawyer Lookup
BC Lawyer Look-up is a service that allows you to search by name for a current member of the Law Society.

LawCentral Canada
LawCentral Canada is a portal or collection of links to law-related information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians. LawCentral Canada is geared towards the general public and for those who work with the public. All of the links to information and organizations are chosen and evaluated by librarians, and abstracts contain information pulled directly (where available) from the organizations’ own websites. LawCentral Canada is a program of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta Ltd, a non-profit and registered charity working in association with the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. It is supported by funding from the Alberta Law Foundation. LawCentral Canada is the website formerly known as the Access to Justice Network (ACJNet).

Legal Services Society (LSS) 
The Legal Services Society (LSS) provides legal services for people in British Columbia who cannot afford a lawyer and are eligible for legal aid under LSS legal aid guidelines.

MultiLingo Legal
The Latin American Community Council (LACC) and MOSAIC in partnership with the Law Foundation of B.C. have implemented a site where British Columbia's community worker's and newcomers may find legal information and community resources in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese. This new web site includes a wide variety of publications and information about additional resources.

People's Law School
An independent, non-profit, non-partisan society, whose goal is to provide all British Columbians with reliable legal information through public education programs, and a variety of services.

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Developed jointly by the Legal Information Institutes (LIIS) around the world. Provides links to the legal information of Australia, Canada, East Timor, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the Pacific Islands, Scotland, South Africa, United Kingdom and Wales.

Statutes & Regulations

BC Laws
The Revised Statutes of British Columbia are on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia site. It also contains quick facts, legislative proceedings and MLA information.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Full text of the Charter from the Department of Justice website. 

Consolidated Acts and Regulations of Canada
Federal government site providing access to full text versions of the Acts, Statutes and Regulations of Canada.

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
The most recent version as well as previous versions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c 19.

Criminal Rules of the Supreme Court of British Columbia
The most recent version of the Criminal Rules of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, SI/97-140. 

Parliament of Canada - LEGISinfo
An essential research tool for finding information on legislation currently before Parliament and for tracking the progress of Canadian Federal Bills.

Youth Criminal Justice Act
The most recent as well as prior versions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, SC 2002, c 1. 

Copyright

Access Copyright
Access Copyright, the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, is a reproduction rights organization that provides legal access to copyright-protected works for Canadians.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
See Industry Canada news releases and government discussion papers on copyright issues. Industry Canada administers the Copyright Act.

Canadian Heritage
See the Copyright Policy page for informative links such as policies and legislation, publications and reports and a glossary.

Canadian Library Association Copyright Resources
A well-organized collection of key electronic documents on copyright issues. Follow the link to Resources, then Copyright Information.

Copyright Board (formerly Copyright Appeal Board)
Established by subsection 66(1) of the Copyright Act. The Board is responsible for establishing fees, charges and copyright royalties under conditions set out in the Act. It also issues licences for use when copyright owners can't be located.

Copyrightlaws.com - Resources
The resources section of this copyright advising firm is freely accessible. Includes information on both Canadian and American copyright and intellectual property.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
See intellectual property page for information on international copyright issues, and texts of WIPO-administered intellectual property treaties/

Criminal Law

American Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section
Links to policy, upcoming events, member information and news.

Canadian Council of Adminstrative Tribunals
Under Court Cases, you will find a selection of cases whose decisions apply to administrative justice.

Canadian Criminal Justice Association
Position papers, briefs and publications plus information about membership.

Center for Sex Offender Management
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders. 

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is an American nonprofit nonpartisan organization promoting a balanced and humane criminal justice system through the provision of direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis. 

Coalition for the International Criminal Court
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC

Correctional Service of Canada
A large collection of publications as well as forms, volunteer information, facility profiles, and educational resources.

Criminal Law - The Courts of BC
User-friendly guide to the British Columbia court system. Includes educational resources and a legal glossary.

Criminal Lawyers' Association
The Criminal Lawyers' Association (CLA) is one of the largest specialty legal organizations in Canada. Its website includes a criminal lawyer search feature, legal materials, case law search and information on its mentoring program. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Frequently Asked Questions, Bureau departments, reports and publications, Most Wanted lists, an Interactive history section as well as a children's page. 

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy
Founded in 1991, the Vancouver-based International Centre is a joint initiative of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law with contributions from the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia.

International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
ICPC is a unique international forum and resource center dedicated to the exchange of ideas and knowledge on crime prevention and community safety. The ICPC seeks to promote crime prevention, encourage the development of inspiring practices, and foster effective exchanged between criminal justice systems and civil societies across countries and cities.

International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court (ICC), governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security
Information on the Centre, its programs, upcoming events, and a wealth of research resources such as databases, bibliographies and web links.

Parole Board of Canada
Reports, publications, a glossary, forms and a fact sheet as well as information on parole, victims of crime, appeals and Aboriginal and diversity initiatives. 

Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, and to teach, research, train and help formulate policy on these critical issues. TraCCC is a research center within the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
An excellent selection of UN resources on a wide range of criminal justice topics.

U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division
The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice develops, enforces, and supervises the application of all federal criminal laws except those specifically assigned to other divisions. This website gives information on the structure of the Division.

Emergency & Security Legislation

British Standards Institution (BSI)
BSI is an independent, private, non-profit distributing company which helps organizations improve their quality and performance, reduce their risk, manage and protect their reputations, and help them be more sustainable.

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal - Decisions
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) examines cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is similar to a court of law, but is less formal and only hears cases relating to discrimination. This site includes the Tribunal's Decisions Rulings, a list of its cases and annual reports.   

Contingency Planning & Management
Industry news and information on the annual conference and expo.

Courts of British Columbia
The websites of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court including searchable judgments and information about court scheduling, procedures and locations. 

Emergency Program Act, R.S.B.C. 1996
Full text of the Emergency Program Act, available for study from BC Laws.

Emergency Program Management Regulation, BC Reg. 200/98
Full text of the Emergency Program Management Regulation, available for study from BC Laws.

Employment Standards Act
Full text of the Employment Standards Act, available for study from BC Laws.

Employment Standards Regulation
Full text of Employment Standards Regulation, available for study from BC Laws.

Federal Court of Canada Decisions
Searchable and browsable Federal Court Decisions from 1990 to present.

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

Provincial Court of British Columbia 
Information on the structure of the Provincial Court of BC as well as Court reports and a searchable judgment database.

Supreme Court of Canada Decisions
This collection includes the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada since 1948. While the database is not comprehensive for previous years, many decisions before 1948 are available, including all decisions originating from Ontario and British Columbia back to 1876. Decisions published in the Supreme Court Reports from 1970 to date are available in both English and French. Decisions published prior to 1970 are available in the language of publication only. 

Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996
Full text of the Workers Compensation Act, available for study from BC Laws.

Libraries & Databases

Clicklaw
Operated by the Courthouse Libraries of BC. Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice in British Columbia. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws.

Courthouse Libraries BC
The BC Courthouse Library Society operates a province-wide system of 51 courthouse libraries. This site allows access to their catalogue which lists the resources available in these libraries. Also links to a full range of legal information services.

Duhaime's Law Dictionary
A very comprehensive legal dictionary with cross-references.

Great Library - The Law Society of Upper Canada
Links to Canadian case law and legislation as well as Australian, UK, Irish and U.S. law. 

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. The GLIN members contribute the full texts of their published documents to the database in their original languages. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and, in many cases in additional languages, plus subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available for most jurisdictions.

Juribistro/UNIK
Bilingual legal literature and legislation search engine from the Centre d'Accès à l'Information Juridique.

Law Library of the Rutgers University School of Law
Its Internet Law Guide is a useful list of links to legal education and legal research on the Internet, including law school sites, law library catalogs, subject oriented sites and government sites.

'Lectric Law Library Reference Room
The Reference Room includes The 'Lectric Law Lexicon which defines thousands of law-related words, terms, and phrases, and the Lawcopedia which groups together Internet and WWW resources into dozens of topic areas. An excellent site.

Multilingual Legal Glossary
Developed by Vancouver Community College, this glossary provides 5000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in English Plain Language, and their equivalents in six other languages (Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese).


Last updated October 29, 2014