Law Week 2012 - Access to Justice: Celebration of the Charter of Rights - Nanaimo

  • April 13, 2012

NANAIMO, BC – The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, is pleased to announce Law Week 2012; a week of celebrations including a mock trial and open house and Dial a Lawyer Day. Law Week is a national celebration of the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an opportunity to learn more about the justice system; what the legal community does; and what legal resources are available.

This year’s theme, Celebration of the Charter of Rights, highlights the 30th anniversary of the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights. The Charter has brought changes to laws that discriminate against people because of personal characteristics or prejudices. With the Charter, Canadian society has a clearer recognition of human rights and freedoms, and ways to enforce these rights.

Law Week 2012 includes events across Canada from April 15-22.

Nanaimo will be celebrating Law Day on Saturday, April 14, at the Nanaimo Courthouse from 10am-2pm. Find out more and discuss the Celebration of the Charter of Rights with a panel of top legal professionals during a Q & A session at the Law Day Open House.

Activities in Nanaimo include:

  • The Trial of the Three Little Pigs with a real judge
  • RCMP drug demonstrations
  • Police K-9 dog unit demonstrations
  • Q & A with Judges and the assistant Attorney General
  • A tour of a Sheriff’s van and cells
  • RCMP walk the-the-line demonstration

Then on Saturday, April 21 the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch will hold its province-wide “Dial-A-Lawyer Day” from 10am – 2pm. Residents in British Columbia are invited to call toll-free at 1.800.663.1919 to speak with a lawyer for up to 15 minutes at no cost in five different areas of law (Employment/Labour, Immigration, Family Law, Torts, and Wills/Estates/Trusts).

More information is available online at www.bclawweek.org. Law Week 2012 partners are the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver Bar Association, and Local County and Bar Associations.

Download a PDF copy of the official CBABC news release.

 

For more information contact:

Maureen Cameron, Director of Membership, Volunteer and Public Affairs at 604.646.7850 or mcameron@bccba.org. The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,700 members in British Columbia.