Common Questions

I'm doing my own legal research as a self-represented litigant
Doing your own legal research for your court case can be intimidating, especially if you have no formal legal training. However, there is help out there for self-represented litigants (SRLs) like you. 

Am I a "self-represented litigant (SRL)"? Yes, if you do not have a lawyer and have to represent yourself. This means you have to: prepare your case and do your own legal research, learn about the court system, learn what documents to file, find the specific laws that apply to your case, and so on.

Good starting points are: Also see:

Need more help?

  • The National SRL Support Network (NSSN) offers social support and sharing of legal resources in a confidential setting. It has a BC branch that meets periodically in Vancouver. Follow their Facebook and Twitter for updates.
  • Courthouse Libraries BC provides legal information service to the public via a network of libraries throughout BC. Librarians can help find legal information but cannot offer legal advice or interpret legal material. Phone reference services are also available.
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, check the HelpMap for organizations that can provide you with legal information, advice, and/or referrals to other services in your community.

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Last reviewed July 2018
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