Self-Represented Litigants Resource: An update


In recognition of Access to Justice week, we thought we would take a look at our Self-Represented Litigants Resource and give it a little update.

First published in this blog post here, this resource is meant to guide the public or self-represented litigants to those sources that will help them to make informed decisions concerning their legal situation. The guide serves as a curated list of resources that offer free or subsidized legal information and services. Along with its general and family law resources, the guide now includes housing and landlord and tenant resources.

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Divorce Act & Bill C-78 – Unofficial Consolidation

Now available: an unofficial consolidation of the Divorce Act & Bill C-78.

A handy unofficial version of the Divorce Act that incorporates the pending changes in Bill C-78 is now available for free. The consolidation was created by B.C. family law arbitrator and author, John-Paul Boyd and announced on Slaw this week.

While commonly referred to as “The New Divorce Act”, Bill C-78 is officially cited as “An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act”, S.C. 2019, c. 16. The act significantly amends, but does not replace the current Divorce Act.

Boyd’s consolidated version will fill an important research need until the Bill C-78 changes take effect and are incorporated into the official consolidation of the Divorce Act on Justice Laws. Currently these amendments are listed separately following the text of the Divorce Act, under the heading “Amendments Not In Force”.

Further reading on Bill C-78: