LSS staff lawyer Rosanna Slipperjack-Farrell is taking part in a Ministry of Justice working group that will transform the Provincial Court Family Rules in BC. She will represent LSS on the committee, which is composed of provincial court judges, policy makers, and other lawyers.
One of the ways we contribute to making justice work better in BC is by using the knowledge we have within LSS to assist other parts of the justice system improve their part in access to justice. I am pleased and proud that the knowledge and experience that Rosanna has gained thorough serving low income people in the North will be available to the AG, the Chief Judge and the other committed professionals who are working to make the Family Court rules better for everyone.
The Provincial Court Family Rules project will update the family court process, rules and forms to embrace the vision and direction described in Access to Civil and Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change. In particular, the project aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the court process for people who take their legal issues to family court, and to reflect that process in court rules and forms that are easy for the public to understand and use.
Rosanna has been a staff lawyer in the Terrace office since 2012. She practices in the areas of family, child protection and criminal law, and appears in various Provincial Courts in the Northwest, including Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert. Rosanna is Ojibwe and a registered member of the Eabametoong First Nation
LSS partners with HiiL to create MyLawBC website
LSS is partnering with HiiL — an advisory and research institute for the justice sector, based in the Hague
— to create the MyLawBC interactive website. What's innovative about the site are the online tools British Columbians will be able to access to resolve their legal issues, including guided pathways that diagnose legal problems through a series of questions and answers, and then directs users to self-help resources, both online and in person. In addition, people experiencing a relationship breakdown can get action plans and online negotiation tools to help them make a separation agreement. The tools are based on the much acclaimed Rechtwijzer platform that HiiL developed in partnership with the Dutch Legal Aid Board.
MyLawBC will be launched in June 2015. The site content will cover family law, family violence, wills/estates and life planning and foreclosure.