Section 211 Toolkit for Lawyers

This toolkit provides an overview of some of the major issues that lawyers may encounter when requesting or responding to psychological reports ordered under s. 211 of the Family Law Act. Section 211 reports (sometimes called “custody and access reports” in other jurisdictions) are frequently ordered in difficult family law cases involving parenting disputes and are intended to provide judges with independent information about the views and needs of children. They are a common feature of BC family law cases and can have important consequences for the participants.

This toolkit was developed primarily for lawyers working with women who have experienced family violence, but it may also be useful for lawyers who would like to learn more about s. 211 reports generally.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre – Section 211 Toolkit

WEBINAR: Decolonizing Family Law through Trauma-Informed Practice

This webinar is for lawyers, law students, advocates, or anyone working with people in the family court system. We will discuss Rise’s research in the ways that colonial law is harmful for Indigenous clients, and provide recommendations on how to decolonize family law. If you work with clients going through family legal matters, we encourage you to attend to learn about trauma-informed practice, and how it can improve your practice, for yourself and your clients.

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WEBINAR: Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along? How BC’S Family Law System Puts Survivors in Danger

4 March 2021
11:00 am – 12:15
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With Margaret Jackson, Professor Emerita in the School of Criminology and Director of the FREDA Centre at Simon Fraser University, and Haley Hrymak, who works with Rise Women’s Legal Centre representing self-identifying women in family law matters and conducting research, primarily on topics related to family violence and the family court system.

This webinar is part of the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres’ project “Supporting the Health of Survivors of Family Violence in Family Law Proceedings” funded by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The focus of this webinar will be on Rise’s research results regarding the impacts the family court system had on survivors, particularly to their health. The results of this research can be found in Rise’s recent report, authored by Haley Hrymak and Kim Hawkins.

Register through SFU’s site here:

REPORT: Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along: How BC’s Family Law System Puts Survivors in Danger

This project was conducted between June 2017 and May 2020 and made possible by generous funding from  Women and Gender Equality Canada. The project team is grateful to the key informants and interdisciplinary experts we interviewed and consulted with throughout this project. We are especially appreciative of the women who shared their experiences with us and the front-line advocates who assisted us in facilitating focus groups for women with lived experiences. These collaborations allowed for rich discussions about women’s experiences with the Family Law Act and inspired us to collectively imagine a family law system that will both meet the needs of women and respond to the pervasiveness of family violence.

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