Justice & Public Safety Publications

The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General produce publications about a range of subjects, including public legal education and information, justice reform initiatives, policing, human trafficking and victim services.

Ministry Org Charts

The Ministry of Justice Organization Chart (PDF) and Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Organization Chart (PDF) are graphic representations of the structures of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and show the relationships between branches within the organizations.

Adult Guardianship

The Adult Guardianship Tribunal: Ministry Review (PDF) evaluates whether to establish a tribunal for a person who wishes to dispute the issuance of a certificate of incapability that results in the Public Guardian and Trustee being appointed as the person’s statutory property guardian. (June 30, 2014)

Reassessments of Incapability: Ministry Review (PDF) considers whether a right to reassessment before a certificate of incapability is issued should be required by legislation. (June 30, 2014)

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Justice Framework to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Justice Framework to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls will assist FPT ministers of justice and public safety in taking a coordinated approach to work with Indigenous Peoples to stop the violence. The framework is a strategic document, which identifies principles and priorities that will help to guide ministers’ focus as they take action with Indigenous Peoples and other key partners to improve how the justice system prevents and responds to the violence. (January 21, 2016)

Indemnity Coverage for Legal Expenses Ombudsperson Investigation

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services approved the referral to the Ombudsperson to investigate the Ministry of Health terminations and the Ombudsperson’s investigation is underway. For those invited to participate in the investigation, indemnity coverage is being provided as outlined in the indemnity document (PDF). (February 23, 2016)

Lower Fraser Valley Regional Plan Court Capacity Expansion Project Final Report

The Lower Fraser Valley Regional Plan: Court Capacity Expansion Final Report (PDF, 1.0MB) was developed as part of an overall plan to improve access to justice in one of the fastest growing regions in the province.

Missing Women Working Group Report

Missing Women Working Group Report – In 2006, B.C. and Alberta proposed that federal, provincial and territorial deputy justice ministers approve the formation of a missing women working group, to examine issues associated with missing and murdered women in Canada – particularly those involved in the sex trade – including legislation, enforcement, protection, prosecution and related issues. (January 2012)

Public Legal Education and Information for Immigrants

Public Legal Education and Information for Immigrant Youth (PDF) is a scoping review that describes promising practices in facilitating immigrant youth access to legal information. The paper includes a literature review of methods of designing and delivering preventive youth programs, a cross-jurisdictional scan to identify existing preventive youth programs and information on delivery methods for youth in general. The paper also includes a summary of the results of a series of focus groups conducted with newcomer youth and adults that work with newcomer youth. (May 13, 2011)

Evaluation of the Court Information Program for Immigrants (PDF) assesses the processes and strategies employed by the Court Information Program for Immigrants to achieve its intended outcomes and to investigate the project’s reach and ability to serve its intended audience, as well as ways the program can be improved. (March 15, 2011)

Evaluation of the Law Related English Language Services for Adults (PDF) assesses the degree to which Law Related English Language Services for Adults (LR-ELSA) is achieving key intended outcomes and to investigate if the project’s reach and ability to service its intended audience, the features that contribute to its success and any ways in which the LR-ELSA could be improved. LR-ELSA is a unique project designed to deliver information about Canadian law to immigrants who are learning English. In this project, English as a second language teachers who are knowledgeable about a variety of legal topics attend ESL classes as guest lecturers to deliver content about Canadian law and the justice system to students. (February 28, 2011)

An Evaluation of the Immigrant PLEI Consortium Project (PDF) looks at a Consortium of 12 agencies and its goal to increase the level of integration between public legal education and information and settlement workers serving new immigrants and refugees.  Providing effective public legal education and information to immigrants is critical to assist them in better understanding their rights and responsibilities and better understand appropriate options for resolving disputes and how to access the complex justice system. (February 21, 2011)

Appropriate Dispute Resolution for Immigrant Newcomers (PDF) explores some of the facets of providing public legal education and information about appropriate dispute resolution services to the culturally diverse newcomers in British Columbia. The scoping includes a review of relevant literature and a summary of three focus group discussions. (August 16, 2010)

The Internet as Effective Medium for Distribution of Integral Information to New Immigrants (PDF, 14MB)  considers barriers to online information gathering that are systemic to any immigrant population. It presents and compares common and accepted models for the distribution of multi-language information online. It also considers the most common technical barriers to the provision of multi-language information, as well as solutions to these obstacles. (June 2, 2010)

Online Dispute Resolution and New Immigrants (PDF) is a scoping review that examines online dispute resolution (ODR) in relation to the barriers and/or advantages ODR presents for new immigrant communities in British Columbia. The paper is based on a review of ODR literature, media coverage, industry blogs, cases studies, and interviews with three major online dispute resolution service providers. (May 13, 2010)

Best Practices in the Dissemination of Integral Information to New Immigrants (PDF) provides an overview of the research pertaining to the primary information needs and information seeking practices of new immigrants. The paper includes a literature review and a cross-jurisdictional scan of public information distribution projects in other Canadian provinces and jurisdictions. (May 12, 2010)

Surrey Criminal Justice Recommendations Report

The Surrey Criminal Justice Recommendations Report (PDF) proposes the creation of an Integrated Services Network. Led by Surrey, the network would be a single location for all agencies delivering services that aim to reduce crime in the city. The recommendation is based on findings of the Surrey Criminal Justice Task Force. (March 19, 2015)

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