17 January 2013

CLE Unleashes Family Law Act Training

The training opportunities for the coming into force of the new Family Law Act are about to get rolling. The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia has taken an outstanding leadership role in packaging courses on the new legislation for lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and support staff. Here's some of what's going on over the next few months...

The Family Law Act: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

This is a two-day practice-oriented course that will sink its teeth into the major areas of change under the new legislation — the division of property and debt, the care and control of children, and family violence and protection orders — each in a half-day slot, and address the changes to child support, spousal support and other issues in shorter segments in the last half-day.
Vancouver: January 31st, February 1st
VictoriaFebruary 7th, 8th 
KelownaFebruary 21st, 22nd
Early bird cost: $960 (students $485)

The New Family Law Act for Legal Support Staff

This is a one-day, comprehensive course designed for legal assistants and paralegals aimed at developing strategies to transition to the new legislation, including the revisions to the rules of court and court forms.
VictoriaFebruary 14th
Vancouver: February 18th
KelownaFebruary 19th
Early bird cost: $475 (students $225)

Family Violence Screening Training

This two-day course is designed to meet the practice requirements require by the Law Society and the Family Law Act Regulation for lawyers wishing to practice as parenting coordinators, family law mediators and family law arbitrators under the new act. The course will teach how to screen for family violence and how family violence can impact on different dispute resolution processes.
VancouverJanuary 21st, 22nd or January 24th, 25th
Cost: $1,100

Family Law Act Transition Guide

This book contains the Family Law Act annotated with commentary prepared by leading family law counsel and explanatory materials released by the Ministry of Justice, and includes a table of concordance between the old and new legislation. The first chapter provides an overview of the new act and is particularly well-written.

Cost: $195

2 comments:

  1. I'm considering signing up for the support staff course, but it's not cheap (even if I qualified for bursary, which I am looking at also!) and I'm not sure how much added benefit the course would have as compared to researching the changes myself.

    Are you able to provide any insight on that? Given that as a legal assistant I don't strictly need to take any courses, I would like to ensure that I spend my money taking courses that have an actual benefit to me.

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    1. CLE has programs beyond the bursary program. In all likelihood, if your employer won't cover this for you - which your employer should! - then call CLE up and tell them you are on a super tight budget and ask if there's anything they can do for you.

      If the program isn't going to be affordable to you, then you could probably make do by looking at the new forms (they're in the regulations with the changes to the court rules), and looking at things like my introduction to the act for justice workers and advocates and other summaries that are publicly available.

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