The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)

The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) is the essential ally and advocate of all members of the legal profession. The CBABC is the voice for the profession and serves its members and their interests in advocacy. It provides personal and professional development, and support to all members of the legal profession. The CBABC promotes fair justice systems, facilitates effective law reform, promotes equality in the legal profession, and is devoted to the elimination of discrimination.

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Family violence is more than just beating a spouse or child. It’s the abuse of power to harm or control a person who was or is a family member. Family violence includes physical abuse, intimidation and harassment, ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin, Punjabi
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If you are charged with a criminal offence, you may not be able to afford a lawyer or get legal aid. In that case, you may have to defend yourself. This script explains how to do so. It describes the steps in a criminal ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin, Punjabi
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This script discusses medical malpractice. Topics include three types of medical malpractice, time limits for suing if you suffer malpractice and cost of suing.
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Traffic tickets can be serious. If you’re convicted, you may get a large fine or points against your driver’s licence (called driver penalty points). These points can increase your cost of driving. This script discusses ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin
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If you're injured in a car accident, you can claim accident benefits from the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). If the accident wasn't your fault, you can also claim "damages" for your injuries. This script describes ...
Also available in: Punjabi
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If you own your home, chances are that sooner or later you'll want to do some repairs or renovations. Unless you have the time and skill to do the job yourself, you'll be hiring someone to do it. This script discusses ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin, Punjabi
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This script explains your income, financial support and property rights in a common-law relationship, including your rights to social assistance, pension plan benefits, employment insurance benefits, medical coverage, ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified)
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This script discusses dividing property and debts between married spouses when their when their marriage breaks down. Topics include what kinds of property are family assets, when family assets are "triggered," and ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin, Punjabi
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This script explains several details about owning a condominium. Topics include strata title owner, strata corporation, strata council, condo maintenance fees and renting your condominium.
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You risk three serious criminal charges if you drink and drive: impaired driving, over .08, and refusing to blow. This script explains these drinking and driving offences. Topics include the breathalyzer and other ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Mandarin, Punjabi
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