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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This script explains what an appearance notice and a summons are, the difference between an appearance notice and a summons, and what to do if you get either of them.
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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 ...
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No one likes going to court. If charged, some people plan to go in, plead guilty, and get out as fast as possible. But a conviction can seriously affect the rest of your life. This script explains what to do before ...
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This script explains the law as it applies to song writing, performing and recording music. It discusses the ownership of music and lyrics, getting paid for performances, legal and contract relations with band members, ...
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If you're involved in a business venture or plan to start a small business with someone else, you might be thinking about forming a partnership. This script discusses partnerships. It covers types of partnerships, the ...
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This script highlights key areas of law that differ for Aboriginal people in BC. Topics include who is a status Indian; how criminal law, family law and tax law differ for Aboriginals; Aboriginal wills and estates; and ...
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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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