Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

April 12, 2012 16:59 ET

Law Week 2012-Access to Justice: Celebration of the Charter of Rights

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 12, 2012) - The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, is pleased to announce Law Week 2012; a week of celebrations including open houses, mock trials, charity fun run, and public speaking contest. Law Week is a national celebration of the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an opportunity to learn more about the justice system, what the legal community does, and what legal resources are available.

This year's theme, Celebration of the Charter of Rights, highlights the 30th anniversary of the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights. The Charter has brought changes to laws that discriminate against people because of personal characteristics or prejudices. With the Charter, Canadian society has a clearer recognition of human rights and freedoms, and ways to enforce these rights.

Law Week 2012 includes events across Canada from April 15-22. Activities in British Columbia include public events in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Cranbrook featuring:

  • Mock Trials
  • Police K-9 dog unit demonstrations
  • RCMP walk the line demonstrations
  • Interview with the three Chief Justices with the CBC's Ian Hanomansing
  • Fun and interactive judicial games such as, "Are You Smarter than a Lawyer?"
  • Barry Sullivan Law Cup - a public speaking contest for high school students
  • A Fun Run for lawyers and their families - a fundraiser for Access Pro Bono

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch will hold its province-wide "Dial-A-Lawyer Day" from 10am - 2pm. Residents in British Columbia are invited to call toll-free at 1.800.663.1919 to speak with a lawyer for up to 15 minutes at no cost in five different areas of law (Employment/Labour, Immigration, Family Law, Torts, and Wills/Estates/Trusts).

More information is available online at www.bclawweek.org. Law Week 2012 partners are the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver Bar Association, and Local County and Bar Associations.

The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges, and law students in Canada, including 6,700 members in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Bar Association British Columbia
    Maureen Cameron
    Director of Membership, Volunteers and Public Affairs
    604-687-3404 or Toll Free: 1-888-687-3404
    604-669-9601 (FAX)
    mcameron@bccba.org
    www.cba.org/bc