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Common Questions

How do I know which court to go to?

Last reviewed November 2020 by the Clicklaw Editors

Good starting points to help you choose include:

  • Legal System Overview, from the Justice Education Society of BC, describes the court system in BC and includes a series of informational videos about each court level. 
  • Court Orders, from Legal Aid BC, has a section called "Get an order in BC". It includes an information page called "Do You Need to Go to Provincial (Family) Court or Supreme Court?", with a chart about what each court handles.
  • COVID-19 Updates - BC Legal System from Legal Aid BC covers how each level of court is operating during the pandemic. 

Need more help?

  • Justice Access Centres, from the provincial government, can help assess what you need, provide information about your legal and related issues, and refer you to the services that are available for your situation.
  • Before you decide to go to court, you may want to ask for an advice from a lawyer. Lawyer Referral Service, from Access Pro Bono, helps you connect with a lawyer for a free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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