Legal Services Society

The Legal Services Society (LSS) provides legal aid in BC. Legal aid includes representation by a lawyer, legal advice, and legal information. LSS gives priority to people with low incomes, but many of its services are available to all British Columbians. LSS's mission is to provide innovative and collaborative legal aid services that enable people with low incomes to effectively address their issues within the justice system.

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A brochure for family law lawyers and advocates that describes relationship violence, the indicators of abuse, the risk factors, and what to do if your client has been victimized. It includes safety planning ...
Also available in: French
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Explains the income assistance (welfare benefits) that's available to those living on reserve. Outlines the different types of social assistance benefits, how to qualify, and how to apply.
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Explains what to do if you cannot pay a court fine on time. Covers the three possible options: paying part of the fine by the due date, asking for an extension, or asking for jail time instead. It also explains what ...
Also available in: French
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This poster provides a step-by-step overview of the Aboriginal child protection process and the rights of Aboriginal children and families. Note: If printing, use 11x17 paper.
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Identifies the law around child protection for Aboriginal children in BC, sets out some aspects of the child protection/removal process, and explains parents' and band rights and responsibilities.
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This fact sheet describes the new BC Family Law Act requirements for anyone applying to court to become a child's guardian. It includes links to self-help guides on the Family Law in BC website about how to apply and ...
Also available in: French
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Step-by-step guide for appealing a sentence for people who may or may not be in custody. Explains how to apply for a legal aid or court-appointed lawyer, and if the application isn’t successful, how to prepare for an ...
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Describes how to defend yourself if you are charged with mischief and what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty. Includes sentencing information and how to get legal help.
Also available in: French
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A 6½-minute video in Spanish about making a sponsoring application for permanent residency within Canada.
Also available in: Spanish
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Provides easy-to-understand information on Aboriginal harvesting rights, the different regulations, what to do if you've been charged with an offence (such as illegally hunting) and where to get legal help. Includes ...
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