Common Questions

How do I know which court to go to for a family matter?

Figuring out which court you should go to is an important first step in any family law case. Although the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court in BC handle different types of cases, they also handle some of the same types. However, procedures, time frames, costs, and the kinds of orders you can get for each court are different.

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

  • Family LawLINE, from Legal Services Society, provides legal advice about family law issues for low-income people.
  • Before you decide to go to court, you may want to ask for an advice from a family lawyer. Lawyer Referral Service, from CBA BC, helps you connect with a lawyer for an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes for $25 plus taxes.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed December 2017

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