Lexagraph started as a set of class notes to help me make sense of the Code Civil du Québec. They say civil law is supposed to be clear and simple, but some sections require a hell of a lot of brain juice to understand.
Now that I have finished the Barreau and have a bit of time on my hands, I’m taking a second look at those graphs I made, reworking them, and posting them on the web for EVERYBODY!
I studied Law at the Université de Montréal and passed the Barreau exams in May 2012. I am currently interning at Kalman Samuels Q.C. and Associates, a firm specialising in family law.
I believe in access to justice, and empowering every citizen to assert their legal rights.
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Laws can be prescriptive or descriptive, meaning they tell you what you can or cannot do, or define/describe concepts. Generally speaking, laws are guidebooks that tell you what rules apply if you fulfill a set of condition. These rules can then be visualized through diagrams and flowcharts.
How The Graphs Work
In designing our graphs, we work with a simple flowchart system. Read the box, and follow the arrows. A yellow box means the box presents a condition, with a yes/no “answer”. If “yes”, meaning if you fulfill the condition, go right. If not, go down. The right and down arrows are also coloured green and red to remind you of their yes/no meaning.
Example of yes/no flowchart structure.
By the way, this is a bilingual site.