Common Questions

Can I get a court-appointed lawyer for my criminal case?
You can ask a judge to appoint a lawyer for you if you have been denied legal aid, cannot afford a lawyer, and face a serious and complex criminal charge. 

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

  • Even if you cannot afford to hire a lawyer to represent you and you are not eligible for getting legal aid, you may want to seek advice from a pro bono lawyer. Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.
  • Duty counsel are lawyers who can give you free brief advice before your trial. They are available at courthouses throughout the province. Call Legal Services Society Call Centre or your local court registry to find out about duty counsel hours in your area.
  • 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 out what kind of help the lawyer can offer you and what you can afford.

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Last reviewed August 2018

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court-appointed lawyer, appeal, charged with a crime, crimes & offences, legal help