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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The legal profession in BC is closely involved with several different organizations. Their various roles and functions can be confusing. This script clarifies who does what.
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This script explains our court system and other ways to solve legal disputes besides court, known as “alternative dispute resolution” or ADR.
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When do you need a lawyer? How should you choose a lawyer? This script describes the benefits of using a lawyer, how to choose one, and how to prepare for the first interview with your lawyer.
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This script explains what to do if you have a problem with your lawyer. Topics include “Can the Law Society help solve the problem?”, “Are Law Society decisions final?” and “Is your lawyer’s fee the problem?”.
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This script explains how lawyers' fees are calculated and billed. It explains what a retainer is, what disbursements are, how can you keep costs down, and what you can do if you can't solve a fee problem with your ...
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This script discusses why you should have a will, and if you don't, who looks after your estate and how it is divided if you die without one.
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A housing co-operative or co-op is a non-profit association that owns housing for its members. This script on co-operative housing discusses the rights and duties of co-op members, what if members have a dispute, and ...
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Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour that harms a victim, and it is illegal in BC. This script explains the types of sexual harassment prohibited by the BC Human Rights Code and what you can do if someone ...
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The BC Human Rights Code prohibits some types of discrimination. The BC Human Rights Tribunal handles discrimination complaints. This script explains the types of discrimination the Code prohibits, how to complain to ...
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Defamation is false communication about a person, made to other people, that tends to hurt the person's reputation. This script discusses defamation, including libel (defamation with a permanent record) and slander ...
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