Clicklaw Content Criteria & Guidelines
Guidelines for what is on Clicklaw and what is not
Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public from over 30 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.
Everyone has a right to know the law. In fact, it is in everyone’s interests to know the law, as that
- empowers individuals and communities to make informed decisions
- increases understanding of the justice system
- enables active participation in a democratic society
Clicklaw selection criteria
Content that helps British Columbians resolve their legal problems
We give priority to practical resources designed to assist people to
- understand their legal rights and responsibilities
- obtain or enforce their rights or benefits
- avoid or resolve specific legal problems
- be effective consumers of legal services when needed
Content that enhances public understanding of the laws and the legal system
We also include resources designed to
- increase people’s knowledge and understanding of laws and the legal system
- promote analysis and reform of laws and the legal system
Content that has a British Columbia focus or is relevant to a British Columbia audience
We may include resources produced by organizations in other provinces if they have information about federal laws.
Content that is accessible to the general public or specific communities or target groups
We include resources that are
- inclusive or designed to meet the identified needs of the targeted audience
- concise, complete and presented in clear language
Content that is free or low/nominal cost
We give priority to resources and services that are free.
Content that is produced by non-profit organizations, government, and the legal profession
We may give priority to content produced by non-profit organizations.
Services that provide law-related assistance, information, education, and/or representation services to British Columbians who have a legal issue or need to resolve a legal problem
We include legal services that are
- free or low/nominal cost
- a core activity of the organization or agency
- provided by a qualified person
- publicly accessible
We give priority to services provided through a recognized non-profit organization or government agency.
We don’t include content if it:
- is primarily intended for the legal profession
- is primarily intended to advance the agenda of a political party
- is defamatory or discriminatory, or promoting illegal activities
- is intended to solicit business for a commercial law firm or legal service
- doesn’t have legal content, e.g. annual reports, marketing materials, order forms, general newsletters about an organization’s activities
Tips on assessing legal information
Applying these content guidelines are Clicklaw co-editors Audrey Jun, Shannon McLeod and Brenda Rose of Courthouse Libraries BC. Contact the Clicklaw editors.
Clicklaw Editorial Committee
Providing editorial guidance for Clicklaw are:
- Carrie Graham, Justice Access Centre - Nanaimo
- Kathryn McCart, People's Law School
- Legal Information Outreach Worker (LIOW), Legal Services Society
- Priyan Samarakoone, Access Pro Bono
- Shannon McLeod, Courthouse Libraries BC
- Virginia Charron, Kitimat Public Library
- Yail Waisman, Burnaby Public Library
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