Justice In Our Times

Justice information, news and resources for British Columbians.

Featured Lecture Video
  • Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    On January 27, the Society gathered a panel of speakers with differing perspectives of the international impact of Central American crime.

    Topics included the evolution of gangs in El Salvador, the legal and social impact of Central American crime in BC, and the Society's work to strengthen the region's justice systems.

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  • Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice in Our Times featured four panelists discussing how our justice system and communities can better respond to BC's gang problem.

    Watch the event, which covered numerous topics including legislation changes, witness protection, publication bans and early intervention.

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  • Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    On March 3rd, a panel of notable speakers presented thought-provoking ideas and opinions on legal issues facing the Aboriginal community.

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  • Pioneering in the Fight against Human Trafficking

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    In November 2008, Patsy Sorensen, founder and director of the Belgian non-governmental organization Payoke, delivered a presentation titled "Pioneering in the Fight Against Human Trafficking" to a crowded room at SFU Harbour Centre.

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August 2012 Newsletter


BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association Conference

The Society will be presenting three sessions at the annual BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association Conference on October 19, 2012:

  • Law Project
  • LawLessons.ca & LegalRightsForYouth.ca
  • Youth Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls

Visit the BCSSTA website for more information and to register for the conference.

In addition to the sessions presented, the Society will also have a table with a range of our teaching resources set up at the conference, so be sure to stop by.

JES Resource Updates

Website of the Month
LawLessonsIntroducing: LawLessons.ca. The Society has collected our popular teaching resources, created more than 20 new lessons plans and put them all on one new website. LawLessons.ca includes: Lessons Plans, Teaching Units, Court Education, Teacher Workshops and Teaching Resources. It is the new, go-to online destination for Social Studies, Law, and ESL teachers in BC. Take a look at the site and let us know what you think!

Resource of the Month
LegalQuestLegal Quest is a comprehensive legal curriculum that provides high school teachers with the background information necessary to teach the basics of the Canadian justice system, and it provides students with activities that will expose them to the concepts and principles that underlie our legal system. The program includes a game, charts, worksheets, scenarios and mock trials. Topics include The Law and You, Structure of the Legal System and Being in Court.

BC Program Updates

Justice System Education Program

Court Visits
As students and teachers head back to school, the Society’s Justice System Education Program will resume regular court visits starting in the second week of September. Groups will be able to book court visits at LawLessons.ca/court-education.

Teacher Training
A series of teacher training workshops will be happening in the fall. Topics include:

  • Law Lessons
  • The Law Project
  • Legal Rights for Youth
  • Social Media and the Law
  • Youth and Gangs

Upcoming workshop locations include Kelowna, Vancouver, Surrey and Prince George. Visit LawLessons.ca/training-for-teachers for more details and to register for a workshop near you.

JES Wants to Hear from Teachers!
For 23 years, JSEP has been introducing BC students to the justice system. If you are a teacher who has a positive testimonial about your experience with JSEP, we would love to hear from you. Please email info(at)JusticeEducation.ca to share your experience, and write “JSEP testimonial” in the subject line.

Youth Against Violence

Youth Against Violence Reaches out Through Summer Events
yav-workshopThis summer our Youth Against Violence (YAV) team held ten events throughout the Lower Mainland. Six workshops were delivered to at least 100 youth, and four film nights were held for young women and girls. Pictured on the right, the Society’s summer intern Danielle VanderEnde (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University) delivers a workshop for youth. The YAV team also participated in four community events educating the public and youth on violence against women and girls.

Last Call for Participants
yav-logoAre you an educator working with youth? Youth Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls is recruiting teams to undertake awareness-raising activities in school and community settings from October through December of this year. This program is open for youth across the province in grades 9 to 12. Training and resources will be provided. For more information about this opportunity please contact Anastasia Gaisenok at Anastasia.Gaisenok(at)JusticeEducation.ca or 604-660-7459.

International Program Updates

JES Training Accomplishments

Between June and August of this year a total of 188 police, investigators, prosecutors, judges and forensic doctors received JES training. The training is supported by CIDA and DFAIT, and is part of a regional program to strengthen the justice systems of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

JES Training Strengthens Justice Systems
From June to August, 2012, the Society trained 47 police officers, investigators, prosecutors, forensic doctors and judges in crime scene examination. The courses, which took place in El Salvador and Honduras, covered several topics including protection of the scene, the collection of evidence and GPS.

Separate training in Guatemala was delivered to 22 specialized investigators: one in major case management and one in interviewing techniques. 24 judges and prosecutors were trained as trainers in oral trials techniques (OTT) in Honduras and El Salvador. In Guatemala JES-trained instructors reproduced the OTT courses with 36 additional judges and prosecutors. The OTT courses teach about witness preparation, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination and closing arguments.

JES Training Provides a Model for Criminal Investigation
The Society has taken significant steps towards the development of a model for criminal investigation in the district of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Over 100 police officers have applied to become part of the new teams for the district, with pre-selected officers having already taken courses in major case management and interviewing techniques with the Society. Meanwhile, 59 specialists in the region received training in methods of investigation, with 17 furthering their skills in forensic video analysis.

For more information about the JES International Program’s latest activities take a look at the most recent International Program newsletter.

Online Buzz

twitterFind out what’s happening in the world of justice programs and services online! This new segment of our newsletter will highlight some of the interesting justice-related news that we’ve come across online. To see more of what we’ve been up to on social media, follow the Society’s interactions on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Effective in September, lawyers and accredited members of the media will be allowed to text and tweet during trials at the Supreme and provincial courts. This new policy puts BC with Alberta and Nova Scotia as provinces that allow such devices in the courtroom.
  • If you’re familiar with CanLII, you might enjoy the new ‘WiseLii’ mobile legal research tool – a free phone app which allows CanLII case law and legislation to be searched, reviewed and saved.
  • A new experimental site has been set up by slaw.ca to gather online commentary on Canadian legal judgments.
  • The Courthouse Library of BC’s Reading Room has made back issues of the past 70 years of the Advocate available online for you to be able to search, read and print.

Society News

Program and Resources Guide

In September, the Society will publish our newly updated Program and Resources Guide. This handy publication provides an overview of all JES publications that are available to order. Many of the publications and resources are available for free or online, and others can be ordered and shipped to you for a small fee. Teachers across BC can look forward to receiving the guide as part of the annual JES September mailout. If you don’t get your copy, let us know by emailing info(at)JusticeEducation.ca..

Annual Report

The Society’s 2011-2012 Annual Report is in production and will be published at the end of September. Email Bethany.BenoitKelly(at)JusticeEducation.ca if you would like to receive a copy.

New Staff

Danielle Clifford has left the Society after working in our Finance Department for three years. She will be greatly missed. The Society is glad to welcome Shirin Mehrgan as our new Accounting Clerk.