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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June 2012 Newsletter

Project Updates

ProvincialCourt.bc.ca LawLessons.ca
The Society has developed a new website for the Provincial Court of BC. The site has a completely new look that has received strong praise from within our PLEI community. The new website now provides a searchable database of provincial court judgments via  CanLII.org.

CourtInformation.ca courtinformation
The Court Information Program for Immigrants website was relaunched with all new content that provides information about the courts and court processes to new immigrants and refugees. Key topic areas include Canada’s Justice System, Family Law, Family Violence, Criminal Law, Young Offenders and Small Claims Court. The site is currently available in English, Chinese, Korean and Punjabi.

Program Updates

Online PAS
Rule 21 requires BC parents who are requesting a new child support order – or are revising a child support order – in Supreme Court, to attend an in-person Parenting After Separation (PAS) workshop. Effective July 1, 2012, Rule 21 was changed through an Order in Council. Parents who have applied for an exemption from attending the PAS workshop will be required (in most circumstances) to take the Online PAS course – developed and managed by JES. This free course is available online at www.FamiliesChange.ca. It helps parents make informed decisions about their separation which consider their children’s best interests.

Summer Film Nights
In July and August, Youth Against Violence will be showing excerpts from several documentaries on the lives of young women today. During these FREE girls-only events, there will be an opportunity to chat about the issues raised by the films.These events are being held at the Society’s head office on Wednesday, July 18 and August 1, 15 and 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information visit the We Can BC website or Facebook page. To save your spot contact Tamarah.Prevost(at)JusticeEducation.ca or call 604.660.7459.

International Program
Starting at the beginning of July, the Society’s International Program staff will be based out of a new office at Suite 210 - 842 Thurlow Street. The JES International Program continues to grow and now has six staff in Canada, ten in Guatemala and one in Ethiopia.

Resource Updates

Resource of the Month
legaldictionary1Not sure about the meaning of a legal word? Use the JES online legal dictionary to find and understand common legal terms.


Website of the Month
legalrights LegalRightsforYouth.ca addresses the legal needs of youth by providing information about their legal rights. The site helps youth understand how laws apply to them and where they can get help. Topics include: Age-Based Rights, Crime, Family Break-up, Work, Driving, Medical Rights, Online Safety, Renting, Consumer Rights & Debt, Lawsuits and more.

Society News

The Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award
danielleThe Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award has been established in memory of Danielle Horwitz, a woman who dedicated her life to improving social justice in our community. The loss of this incredible friend and colleague has been felt by many. Court Services has joined in honouring Danielle by providing a beautiful framed photo of her that is now adorning the wall outside the Society’s classroom at 222 Main Street.

Donations are being accepted for the Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award. Your gift will help to support a Vancouver School Board student who has shown leadership in social justice causes continue on to post-secondary education.

New Staff
In May, Khim Tan joined the Society in June as the new Project Manager for the Immigrant PLEI Consortium. Khim has been involved with the consortium for over three years as a representative from SUCCESS.  She brings a depth of knowledge of the settlement sector as well as more than 20 years’ experience in managing people and projects in immigrant-serving organizations.

In June, the Society said goodbye to Shadab Riahi when she moved to Toronto. We wish her well in her new endeavors and are pleased to welcome Pouneh Naderi as our new Administrative Assistant. We are excited to have her as part of the team.

Penny Drive
Led by Madam Justice Griffin, the Supreme Court Judges at the Law Courts in Vancouver generously organized a penny drive to raise funds for the Society. Big thanks go out to our summer intern, Danielle VanderEnde, and the other volunteers who rolled the coins for us. A grand total of $932.20 was raised for the Society. Thank you to all who donated!