Category: In The News


Children’s Views: Why they Matter in Court and Mediations. October 2017

In June of 2014, we wrote a feature for BarTalk called “Children’s Voices in Family Law Disputes.” That article spoke to the legislative requirement that parents, the courts and others “consider the child’s views, unless it would be inappropriate to consider them” (section 37(2)(b) of the Family Law Act [“FLA”]).

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Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward

December, 2017 Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward was a two-day national symposium that brought together a multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and dialogue about how the voices of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected and how their evidence is received in justice processes. The symposium,

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Child Inclusive Mediation: Research on Views of the Child Reports in Ontario

February 2017 There is a growing awareness of the importance of offering children an opportunity to participate in family dispute resolution processes, including mediation. There are several different ways to involve children in mediation . . . While there is no single “best way” to include the child in mediation, we conclude that Views of … Continue reading Child Inclusive Mediation: Research on Views of the Child Reports in Ontario

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Children’s Lawyer Initiative

JULY, 2016 The Law Foundation of British Columbia has designated funds of up to $600,000 for the creation of a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia. The purpose of the initiative is to support a two-year pilot project to establish a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia. The Children’s Lawyer will provide direct legal services … Continue reading Children’s Lawyer Initiative

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Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth

MAY, 2016 The Representative for Children and Youth and the Law Foundation of BC are working together to inform children and youth in BC about legal resources and services available to them . . . [the] research into this issue and consultations with youth found that when children and youth have legal problems they often … Continue reading Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth

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Presumption of Child’s Views in New BC Law

BC has just unveiled its much anticipated proposed Family Law Act that makes the best interests of the child the sole consideration in deciding matters affecting the child. The proposed law Bill 16 – 2011 would require the child’s views to be considered “unless it would be inappropriate to consider them” in determining their best interests. This … Continue reading Presumption of Child’s Views in New BC Law

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Victoria Launch Roster Event a Success!

We are delighted that 15 people officially launched the BC Hear the Child Society’s Roster of Child Interviewers on May 10, 2012 at the offices of Brown Henderson Melbye in Victoria. The launch event participants included a BC Provincial Court Judge, and a Nanaimo participant. Six Victorians are on the Launch Roster list and now … Continue reading Victoria Launch Roster Event a Success!

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Join Us at Our Child Interviewer Roster Launch Events

We are delighted to announce that the BC Hear the Child Society will launch its Roster of qualified Child Interviewers in May, 2012. One of the messages we heard loud and clear from recent feedback is the desire to get qualified child interviewer Roster launched quickly. So, we are beginning the Roster with a core group … Continue reading Join Us at Our Child Interviewer Roster Launch Events

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Vancouver Course a Success!

More than 50 participants gathered to hear the latest on child participation at a continuing legal education program co-led by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). BC Hear the Child Society president Ron Smith co-chaired the session with Suzanne Williams (IICRD) while several other members … Continue reading Vancouver Course a Success!

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Family law: New act puts children first during divorces

SANDRA MCCULLOCH / TIMES COLONIST 
MARCH 29, 2013 When Victoria lawyer Mary Mouat was called to the bar in 1988, she thought the best place for divorcing couples was in a courtroom, duking it out before a judge. “I truly believed that was the best thing for families, and I was not alone — that’s … Continue reading Family law: New act puts children first during divorces

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