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Common Questions

How do I know which court to go to?

Good starting points to help you choose include:

  • Guide to the BC Court System, from the Justice Education Society of BC, is a series of videos that provide general information about the court system.
  • Court Orders, from Legal Services Society, 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.

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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Last reviewed November 2017

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