Our Impact Why We Exist

British Columbia and Canada are made up of many diverse groups and communities. Our justice system has been built to protect the rights and freedoms of everyone who lives in those communities. The Justice Education Society creates innovative programs and resources that improve access to British Columbia’s justice system. To date, the Society has produced over 50 legal publications, 28 websites, more than 200 instructional videos, and has introduced over one million British Columbians to their province’s justice system.

Our Story What We Do

The Society’s programs and resources serve the general public, teachers, youth, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and immigrants in British Columbia and throughout Canada. These services help individuals better understand how our justice system works and how to resolve their legal matters. In addition, the Society’s International Program manages many projects worldwide that strengthen countries’ justice systems.

The Justice Education Society is a non-profit organization that was established in 1989 as the Law Courts Education Society. Most programs and resources are available free of charge and can be accessed at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

Our Programs How We Do It

Creating informed citizens and promoting access to justice through knowledge is the mission of the Society and our passion. Education for British Columbians on our law and our justice system is fundamental to having healthy and engaged citizens with confidence in the courts.

Court Information Program for Immigrants

The Court Information Program for Immigrants eliminates language and cultural barriers and enhances access to the courts and to justice for immigrants and refugees. This is accomplished by providing information and referrals to the public, immigrants and refugees appearing in court as the accused, victims, witnesses, or parties involved in a civil suit. Services are provided in Chinese, VietnamesePunjabi, and Hindi.

Justice System Education Program

Any group in the community is welcome to take part in our most popular program. Since 1989, this program has introduced over 1 million British Columbians to our courts. Participants visit the courthouse, speak with justice system professionals and experience court in action. Booking requests can be made online and specific activities may include:

  • court orientations
  • courtwatching
  • mock trials and simulations

Northern Native Public Legal Education

The Northern Native Public Legal Education Program provides culturally-sensitive outreach services for First Nations communities throughout Northern BC. Funded primarily by the Law Foundation of BC and directed by a Steering Committee, the outreach services include programs for both First Nations youth and adults.

Parenting After Separation

Parenting After Separation is a free three-hour workshop for parents dealing with family break-up issues of child custody, access, guardianship and/or support. Topics include the impact of separation on children, decision-making and legal options. Parenting After Separating Parent Handbooks are available in multiple languages. A Facilitator's Guide is also available.

Please visit JusticeEducation.ca for the full list of programs and resources that help British Columbians to learn about the law and address their everyday legal issues.

What You Can Do

Send a Kid to Court!

For students, going on court visits and participating in mock trials is the most memorable part of learning about the law. Over the past 20 years, the Society's Justice System Education Program has introduced over one million students to BC's court. But now, with no government funding of the program, we need your help to save the program.

With your support, we can help introduce BC courts to 20,000 students next year. A gift of just $150 will sponsor a class - 30 students - to attend a court visit. Individuals, businesses and organizations that sponsor 10 classes recieve logo recognition on parent information sheets. Contact us to learn how you can Sponsor Kids.

Creating informed citizens and promoting access to justice through knowledge is the mission of the Society and our passion. Education for British Columbians on our law and our justice system is fundamental to having healthy and engaged citizens with confidence in the courts.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure that all students in B.C. have access to education on their justice system.

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604.660.9870
Charitable Number: 129475877RR0001

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