Legal Independence: It's Your Right is a FREE resource that uses real-life examples in an engaging, 10-minute video to help Civics 11, Social Studies 11 and Law 12 students understand the concepts of judicial and legal independence. A teacher's guide is available. This project was developed in partnership with The Law Society of BC.
GangPrevention.ca aims to prevent youth involvement in gang activity by distributing information and resources to parents, teachers, and youth. These resources de-glamourize the gang lifestyle and show youth the reality of gangs – a life of violence, drugs, and criminal activity.
Though the Heavens Fall describes the Court of Appeal: what it is, what it does, and how it upholds values that are cornerstones of a free and democratic society. It highlights important changes, such as the introduction of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as gay marriage, and illustrates how concepts such as the rule of law and judicial independence are critical to the health of our justice system. A teacher's guide is included.
The Courtwatcher’s Manual is an all-in-one booklet for anyone wanting to watch and learn more about BC’s court system. Topics include The Operation and Structure of the Courts, the Roles and Responsibilities of Those Involved in a Trial as well as Civil and Criminal Trial Procedures.
This series of 10 large wall charts feature easy-to-follow illustrations of various areas of BC’s justice system. Series A is introductory and designed for elementary school and ESL students. It is also available in French. Series B is advanced and designed for use with high school, criminology, and law students as well as justice system personnel. A guidebook is also available.
LegalPix uses symbols and pictures to depict various legal scenarios that assist persons with special communication needs and their instructors/caregivers in understanding BC’s justice system. Books are available for Criminal Law, Family Law as well as Landlord and Tenancy. Card sets are available for Criminal Law and Preparing Victims and Witnesses for Court. A CD that contains all LegalPix symbols and pictures is also available.
There are a number of mock trials available for your use during the mock trial program. They are either civil or criminal. Some trials have been scripted so all the detail is there for your students. Non-scripted trials do not have a script as the students are expected to create their own questions for the witnesses who will also prepare their own answers. These non-scripted trials may be more challenging to prepare.
Broken House is an award-winning film that was written by Unit X, a group of residents at the Burnaby Youth Secure Custody Centre in BC. These inmates wrote a screenplay that could only have come from their insight, experience and real-life experiences. The film also includes a study guide.
Learning About the Law uses very simple wording to teach English as a Second Language students about their legal rights and responsibilities in British Columbia. Topics include Renting a Home, Driving, Family Law, and Civil Law. Both the workbook and a teacher’s guide are available online as well as for order.
This case provides an excellent look into civil law and negligence. Designed for Law 12 as well as university and college students taking law courses, this entertaining video helps students understand the role of the courts in making laws. Download a teacher’s guide and watch the video.
The Community Crime Prevention Guide provides information and tools for BC communities to develop action plans and tools that can be used to build safe, secure environments. Topics include Mobilizing Communities, Engaging Youth and Evaluation. The guide is available online and can also be ordered for free.
TV on Trial examines whether cameras should be allowed in Canadian courtrooms. Produced in partnership with CBC News and hosted by Ian Hanomansing, two BC lawyers make the case for each side by cross-examining high profile "witnesses" and arguing their point for or against cameras in court. A teacher's guide is also available.
FamiliesChange.ca provides information on separation and divorce for children, teens, and parents. Animation, text, audio, and video combine to help children, teens, and parents better cope with divorce or separation. The site is a popular and acclaimed age-appropriate resource. FamiliesChange.ca is also available in French.
This animated, highly interactive website is designed to help kids who are going through a family break up. The virtual world of "Changeville" provides a range of information and activities for children to explore. A personally created avatar walks through Changeville to visit the Park, Legal Street, Break Up Street, and the Mall. The website is targeted to children ages 6 to 12 and it can be explored alone, or with one or both parents.
This series of five videos — available in English, Mandarin and Punjabi — teaches British Columbians about human rights in BC and Canada. Discrimination occurs when someone treats you differently based on your personal characteristics. In the videos, workshop participants get answers to their questions about discrimination and learn more about their human rights.
Are you a victim of or witness to a crime in British Columbia? VictimsInfo.ca will give you the resources and information you need to deal with the consequences of crime. Topics include Services for Victims, Reporting a Crime, Criminal Charges, Going to Court, and Sentencing.
AdminLawBC.ca helps British Columbians learn about administrative law, as well as search for and prepare for a tribunal by bringing information on the complete range of administrative law resources together under one domain. The website features videos, the BC Admin Law Directory of 100+ tribunals, and a list of experts available to speak about numerous administrative law areas.
SmallClaimsBC.ca provides an introduction to the Small Claims division of BC’s Provincial Court. Small Claims Court is the do-it-yourself court where people go to settle civil dispute for less than $25,000. The site provides information about the process of moving a case through the court – from filing a notice of claim to appealing decisions. A series of videos describe Summary Trials, Simplified Trials, Mediation, Settlement Conferences, Trial Conferences, and Trials.
Let’s Go to Court is a DVD resource for Victim Service Workers and other professionals who are trained to help child witnesses (aged 8-12) get ready to go to court. If children are well supported through the process and receive age-appropriate information, their experience is likely to be less stressful and more positive. An informational booklet accompanies the DVD.
When young people testify in court, they may feel like they don’t have many choices when, in reality, they do. CourtChoices.ca uses animated videos to teach youth about the choices they have when testifying as well as what happens before, during, and after testifying.
Your Voice in Criminal Court is designed for use by Victim Service Workers and other professionals to educate victims and witnesses about the criminal court process. The materials will help orient adult witnesses for Provincial Court. An informational booklet accompanies the DVD.
New Directions in Youth Justice teaches students the principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The program includes a teacher’s guide and features four modules: Law 12, Social Studies 11, Alternate/Youth-at-Risk, and Adult ESL. Interactive lessons and activities help students understand in an experiential manner how the Act impacts youth.
On the Road to Justice features ready-to-use activities and resource materials to examine the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The set features two modules: Youth-at-Risk and Grade 6&7. Included with each module is a set of three Youth Criminal Justice Act posters, a guide to the posters, and the game “Be a Legal Eagle.”
Peer Resolution Conferences use restorative justice to provide students and administrators with an effective alternative to traditional school discipline procedures such as suspension. The conferences help youth deal with improper behaviour and actions and stay out of court.
Staying Curious: Restorative Practices in Schools provides viewers with a unique opportunity to learn about restorative justice practices and how they can be adapted in schools. The DVD includes clips from a two-day training session and interviews with Vancouver students involved in bringing restorative justices practices to their school.
BC’s Court System contains two instructional video programs. "Come On In!" introduces the courts of BC and "Arrest to Trial" explains the different roles of court personnel. A teacher’s guide accompanies the programs and explains basic concepts as well as suggested student activities.
Parents are Forever is a video that helps high school students better understand the Child Support Guidelines: what they are, why they exist, how they apply and what are the consequences for parents who do not meet their responsibilities. The program is available in English and French and includes a teacher’s guide.