Nanaimo Law Day - Access to Justice: Breaking Down Barriers

  • April 04, 2008

Nanaimo, BC – Do you know that you can access free advice about the law in British Columbia? Did you know that there are alternatives to going to court?

Find answers to questions like these and more at the Nanaimo Courthouse on Law Day, Saturday, April 12th. This well-attended event offers members of the public the opportunity to not only learn more about the law and the resources available within the legal community, but also to find out what the legal community can do for you.

Visitors to the event will be able to speak directly with representatives from groups like: the Nanaimo Family Justice Hub, the Nanaimo Haven Society, and the Nanaimo Court Registry who will have exhibits displayed at the Courthouse on Law Day.

Other Nanaimo Law Day open house events include:

  • A Three Little Pigs themed mock trial with the Provincial Court Judge Justine Saunders presiding
  • Guest speaker the Honourable Judge Keith Bracken speaking on Access to Justice
  • RCMP information sessions Parent’s Awareness and Restorative Justice
  • RCMP and Sheriff’s Department demonstrations
  • Courthouse tours of the resource rooms and jail cells

Nanaimo Law Day is part of BC Law Week, an initiative of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. Law Week celebrates the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as, offers an opportunity for the public to meet and speak with representatives from the legal community. Another highlight event that BC Law Week is celebrating is the 25th anniversary of the Dial-A-Law program. Saturday, April 19th between 10am and 2pm BC residents can access free legal advice over the phone from lawyers volunteering their time in an event called Dial-A-Lawyer.

For more information about BC Law Week please visit: www.bclawweek.org.

For more information about the Dial-A-Law program please visit: www.dialalaw.org.

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The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 35,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,100 members in British Columbia.