Provincial Court Family Duty Counsel


Duty counsel are lawyers who can help people with low incomes with their family law problems, including child protection issues (if the Ministry of Children and Family Development becomes involved with your family). If you are financially eligible, duty counsel can give you advice and speak on your behalf in court on simple matters. However, they will not take on your whole case and will not represent you at a trial. They can also attend family case conferences at some courts.


topic
Abuse & family violence; Children & teens; Family law; Legal help & lawyers
type of service
Legal advice, representation or advocacy

locations

Abbotsford Provincial Court Abbotsford Provincial Court

address:
32203 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1W6 32203 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T1W6
phone:
604-855-3200
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Burns Lake Provincial Court Burns Lake Provincial Court

address:
508 Yellowhead Highway, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 508 Yellowhead Highway, Burns Lake, BC V0J1E0
phone:
250-692-7711
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; one  Thursday per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Campbell River Provincial Court Campbell River Provincial Court

address:
500 – 13th Avenue, Campbell River, BC V9W 6P1 500 – 13th Avenue, Campbell River, BC V9W6P1
phone:
250-286-7510
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Chilliwack Law Courts Chilliwack Law Courts

address:
46085 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2L8 46085 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P2L8
phone:
604-795-8350
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; second and fourth Wednesday of the month
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Colwood (Western Communities) Colwood (Western Communities)

address:
1756 Island Highway, Victoria, BC V9B 1H8 1756 Island Highway, Victoria, BC V9B1H8
phone:
250-391-2867
language support:
English
hours:
Mon: Call for times

 

Courtenay Provincial Court Courtenay Provincial Court

address:
420 Cumberland Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 2C4 420 Cumberland Road, Courtenay, BC V9N2C4
phone:
250-334-1115
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Cranbrook Provincial Court Cranbrook Provincial Court

address:
102 – 11th Avenue S., Cranbrook, BC V1C 2P3 102 – 11th Avenue S., Cranbrook, BC V1C2P3
phone:
250-426-1234
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Creston Provincial Court Creston Provincial Court

address:
224 10th Ave., Creston, BC V1C 2P3 224 10th Ave., Creston, BC V1C2P3
phone:
250-426-1234 (Cranbrook Court Registry)
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Duncan Provincial Court Duncan Provincial Court

address:
238 Government Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1A5 238 Government Street, Duncan, BC V9L1A5
phone:
250-746-1205
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Fernie Provincial Court Fernie Provincial Court

address:
401 4th Ave., Fernie, BC 401 4th Ave., Fernie, BC
phone:
250-426-1234 (Cranbrook Court Registry)
language support:
English
hours:
On remand days — call for dates and times
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Fort St. James Provincial Court Fort St. James Provincial Court

address:
627 7th Avenue West, Fort St. James, BC 627 7th Avenue West, Fort St. James, BC
phone:
250-614-2700 (Prince George Court Registry)
1-866-614-6999 (call no charge, Fort St. James Legal Services Society Local Agent)
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; first Tuesday each month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Fort St. John Provincial Court Fort St. John Provincial Court

address:
10600 – 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4L6 10600 – 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J4L6
phone:
250-787-3231
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Golden Provincial Court Golden Provincial Court

address:
837 Park Drive, Golden, BC V0A 1H0 837 Park Drive, Golden, BC V0A1H0
phone:
250-344-7581
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; one Thursday each month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Grand Forks Provincial Court Grand Forks Provincial Court

address:
Grand Forks, BC Grand Forks, BC
phone:
250-362-7368 (Rossland Court Registry)
1-877-426-4066 (call no charge, Cranbrook Legal Services Society Local Agent)
language support:
English
hours:
Once every two to four months — call for dates.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Hazelton Provincial Court Hazelton Provincial Court

address:
2210 West Highway 62, Hazelton, BC 2210 West Highway 62, Hazelton, BC
phone:
250-847-7376 (Smithers Court Registry)
1-877-842-5218 (call no charge, Hazelton Legal Services Society Local Agent)
language support:
English
hours:
(Smithers Court Registry) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Kamloops Provincial Court Kamloops Provincial Court

address:
455 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6K4 455 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C6K4
phone:
250-314-1900
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Kelowna Provincial Court Kelowna Provincial Court

address:
1355 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R3 1355 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y9R3
phone:
250-470-6900
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Kitimat Provincial Court Kitimat Provincial Court

address:
603 Mountain View Square, Kitimat, BC 603 Mountain View Square, Kitimat, BC
phone:
250-638-2111 (Terrace Court Registry)
1-800-787-2511 (call no charge, Terrace Legal Services Society)
language support:
English
hours:
(Terrace Court Registry) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Lillooet Provincial Court Lillooet Provincial Court

address:
615 Main Street (old courthouse), Kamloops, BC V2C 6K4 615 Main Street (old courthouse), Kamloops, BC V2C6K4
phone:
250-828-4344
language support:
English
hours:
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Masset Masset

address:
1666 Orr Street, Masset, BC 1666 Orr Street, Masset, BC
phone:
250-626-5512
language support:
English
hours:
Call for dates and times. Or call Prince Rupert Court Registry at 250-624-7525.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Merritt Provincial Court Merritt Provincial Court

address:
3420 Coght Street, Merritt, BC V2C 6K4 3420 Coght Street, Merritt, BC V2C6K4
phone:
250-828-4344 (Kamloops Court)
language support:
English
hours:
Once per month — call Kamloops Provincial Court for dates and times.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Nanaimo Provincial Court Nanaimo Provincial Court

address:
35 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J1 35 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R5J1
phone:
250-716-5908
language support:
English
hours:
Mon: 9am to 12:30 pm and 2pm to 4pm (for those required to attend court).
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Nelson Provincial Court Nelson Provincial Court

address:
320 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 1S6 320 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L1S6
phone:
250-354-6170
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

New Westminster Provincial Court New Westminster Provincial Court

address:
Begbie Square, 651 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1C9 Begbie Square, 651 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC V3M1C9
phone:
604-775-0628
language support:
English
hours:
Call for an appointment or drop in Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

North Vancouver Provincial Court North Vancouver Provincial Court

address:
200 E. 23rd Street, North Vancouver, BC V7L 4R4 200 E. 23rd Street, North Vancouver, BC V7L4R4
phone:
604-981-0200
language support:
English
hours:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Penticton Provincial Court Penticton Provincial Court

address:
100 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5A5 100 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A5A5
phone:
250-492-1220
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Fridays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Port Alberni Provincial Court Port Alberni Provincial Court

address:
2999 4th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8A5 2999 4th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y8A5
phone:
250-720-2424
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Port Coquitlam Provincial Court Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

address:
2620 Mary Hill Road, Offices 308 and 323, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B2 2620 Mary Hill Road, Offices 308 and 323, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C3B2
phone:
Direct number for family duty counsel: 604-472-0648
language support:
English
hours:
Call for appt: 604-472-0648 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Port Hardy Provincial Court Port Hardy Provincial Court

address:
9300 Trustee Road, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 9300 Trustee Road, Port Hardy, BC V0N2P0
phone:
250-949-6122
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; second and fourth Thursday of the month
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Powell River Provincial Court Powell River Provincial Court

address:
6953 Alberni Street, Powell River, BC V8A 2B8 6953 Alberni Street, Powell River, BC V8A2B8
phone:
604-485-3630
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Prince George Law Courts Prince George Law Courts

address:
250 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 5S2 250 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L5S2
phone:
250-614-2700
language support:
English
hours:
One Friday each month (for respondents in FMEP or FMP matters). Call for hours.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Prince Rupert Provincial Court Prince Rupert Provincial Court

address:
200 – 100 Market Place, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1B7 200 – 100 Market Place, Prince Rupert, BC V8J1B7
phone:
250-624-7525
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Quesnel Provincial Court Quesnel Provincial Court

address:
350 Barlow Avenue, Quesnel, BC V2J 2C2 350 Barlow Avenue, Quesnel, BC V2J2C2
phone:
250-992-4256
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; one Wednesday per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Revelstoke Provincial Court Revelstoke Provincial Court

address:
1123 Second St. West, Revelstoke, BC 1123 Second St. West, Revelstoke, BC
phone:
250-832-1610 (Salmon Arm Court Registry)
language support:
English
hours:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; first Wednesday each month.
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Richmond Provincial Court Richmond Provincial Court

address:
7577 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J2 7577 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X4J2
phone:
604-660-6900
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Rossland Provincial Court Rossland Provincial Court

address:
2288 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0 2288 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC V0G1Y0
phone:
250-362-7368
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; once per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Salmon Arm Provincial Court Salmon Arm Provincial Court

address:
550 2nd Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4S4 550 2nd Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm, BC V1E4S4
phone:
250-832-1610
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on remand days (once or twice per month) — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Sechelt Provincial Court Sechelt Provincial Court

address:
5480 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 5480 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt, BC V0N3A0
phone:
604-740-8929
language support:
English
hours:
Alternating Thurs: 9am to 4pm; call to confirm dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Smithers Provincial Court Smithers Provincial Court

address:
3793 Alfred Street, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 3793 Alfred Street, Smithers, BC V0J2N0
phone:
250-847-7376
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; two Thursdays per month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Surrey Provincial Court Surrey Provincial Court

address:
14340 – 57 Avenue – Lower Level, Surrey, BC V3X 1B2 14340 – 57 Avenue – Lower Level, Surrey, BC V3X1B2
phone:
Direct number for family duty counsel: 604-572-2204
language support:
English
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Terrace Provincial Court Terrace Provincial Court

address:
200 – 3408 Kalum Street, Terrace, BC V8G 2N6 200 – 3408 Kalum Street, Terrace, BC V8G2N6
phone:
250-638-2111
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays and the last Monday of each month
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Vancouver (Robson Square) Provincial Court Vancouver (Robson Square) Provincial Court

address:
290 – 800 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5 290 – 800 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z2C5
phone:
Direct number for family duty counsel: 604-660-1508
language support:
English
hours:
Mon to Fri: 9am to 4pm (call for appointment) Tue, Thu, Fri: 1pm to 2pm (drop-in) Wed: 3pm to 4pm (drop-in)
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Vanderhoof Provincial Court Vanderhoof Provincial Court

address:
2440 Bute Avenue, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 2440 Bute Avenue, Vanderhoof, BC V0J3A0
phone:
250-614-2700
language support:
English
hours:
once per month – call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Vernon Provincial Court Vernon Provincial Court

address:
3001 – 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 4W5 3001 – 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T4W5
phone:
250-549-5422
language support:
English
hours:
Fridays — call for times
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Victoria Courthouse Victoria Courthouse

address:
850 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, BC V8W 1B4 850 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, BC V8W1B4
phone:
250-356-7035
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

 

Williams Lake Provincial Courthouse Williams Lake Provincial Courthouse

address:
540 Borland Street, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1R8 540 Borland Street, Williams Lake, BC V2G1R8
phone:
250-398-4301
language support:
English
hours:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; second and fourth Thursdays of each month — call for dates
service restriction:
People are helped on a first come, first served basis. Note that the lawyers must first help people who have matters in court that day, but can assist others once they are not needed in court.

Last updated January 16, 2017