Vancouver Law Day - Access to Justice: Breaking Down Barriers

  • April 01, 2008

VANCOUVER, 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 Vancouver Public Library on Law Day, Saturday, April 19th. This well-attended event offers members of the public the opportunity not only to 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: Access to Justice, WorkSafeBC, and Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre who will have exhibits displayed at the Library on Law Day.

Other Vancouver Law Day open house events include:

  • A Public Forum hosted by Ian Hanomansing of CBC News: CANADA NOW
  • Citizenship ceremonies
  • Two mock trials presented by Eric Hamber Secondary and Lord Tennyson Elementary students – held Thursday, April 17th
  • Information sessions with Provincial Court and BC Supreme Court Judges
  • Vancouver Police Department and RCMP presentations and demonstrations
  • Courthouse tours of the resource rooms and jail cells

Vancouver 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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Contact: media@bccba.org

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.