The LawMatters program works with public libraries to help community members access legal information and free or low-cost legal services.
One of the ways in which they do this is by partnering with other organizations, such as Legal Aid BC. They have created a collection of booklets and handout publications that can be purchased at-cost from Legal Aid BC, although these are also available from local public libraries. If you have a client looking to get a print copy of any of these publications, you may want to consider referring them to your local public library. These publications are also available as online PDFs so your client can read them on the computer as well.
Another aspect of the program that may be relevant is their current outreach endeavours, which have taken the shape of a series of Community Forums. In partnership with Legal Aid BC and PovNet, they are holding a series of forums in different regions around the province with the hope of bringing together legal advocates, community support helpers, public librarians, and courthouse librarians in one virtual room. This work is being done with the hopes of establishing connections and discussing solutions to fill identified gaps in these regions. The upcoming dates and regions for the forums are:
There will also be sessions held in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland in the fall, with dates to be decided.
If you would like to join one of these sessions, please reach out to Rachel Carlson at 604-660-2841 or [email protected] and she will make sure to get you an invitation with the registration link closer to the date of the event. The sessions usually run for 3 hours, with a planned break.