Victoria Law Day - Access to Justice: Breaking Down Barriers

  • April 08, 2008

VICTORIA, 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 Victoria Courthouse 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: the Administrative Justice Office, the Law Centre, and the Legal Services Society who will have exhibits displayed at the Courthouse on Law Day.

Other Victoria Law Day open house events include:

  • A making-your-will skit based on the Three Little Pigs story
  • A Harry Potter themed mock trial
  • RCMP information sessions on Impaired Driving and Violence in Relationships
  • Information sessions with Provincial Court and BC Supreme Court Judges
  • Victoria Police Department and Sheriff’s Department demonstrations
  • Courthouse tours of the resource rooms and jail cells

Victoria 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.