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Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

Supreme Court of Canada

Explains what is expected of you and what instructions to follow if you bring your own application for leave to appeal or if you’ve been named as a respondent on an application for leave to appeal. Includes information about getting started, guides, and forms.

Last reviewed March 2024
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The Prison Disciplinary Process: Your Legal Rights

Prisoners’ Legal Services

This booklet explains your rights if you are charged with a disciplinary offence in federal prison. Topics include informal resolution, the charge, the hearing process, penalties, and reviewing a disciplinary decision.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Writing an Effective Grievance

Prisoners’ Legal Services

This booklet explains the process for making a complaint with the Correctional Service of Canada. Topics include rights and realities, the grievance procedures, and writing your grievance.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Section 810

Prisoners’ Legal Services

The Criminal Code of Canada allows a judge or justice of the peace to require you to enter a recognizance (like a peace bond) if there are reasons to believe you will commit certain serious crimes. This booklet explains the 810 process, what your rights are, and how to get legal help.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Your Right to Property in Federal Prison

Prisoners’ Legal Services

This booklet is a self-help guide about your rights to personal property while you are in federal custody.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Renting, Buying & Selling Strata

Government of British Columbia

Each strata has its own set of rules, called bylaws, that cover various aspects of living there. These rules might limit or ban things like owning pets, renting out your unit for short periods, or smoking indoors.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Civil Law Guidebooks (Supreme Court BC)

Supreme Court BC (Justice Education Society)

A series of guidebooks on the Supreme Court of BC for cases involving a civil matter — claims exceeding $35,000, as well as bankruptcy, personal injury, and contract disputes. Explains everything from starting an action and serving documents to how trial works and how to enforce an order after trial.

Last reviewed March 2024
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LSLAP Manual: Motor Vehicle Law

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

This chapter on motor vehicle law is from the manual used by law students handling cases at LSLAP’s legal clinics. It provides an overview of licensing requirements and driving offences such as impaired driving, careless driving, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Discrimination & Human Rights: Information for Indigenous People (part 2 of 3)

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

The three-video series provide information about the BC Human Rights Code and how it protects Indigenous people in three areas of life: jobs, tenancy, and access to services. It explains human rights complaints and how the BC Human Rights Tribunal works.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Discrimination & Human Rights: Information for Indigenous People (part 1 of 3)

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

The three-video series provide information about the BC Human Rights Code and how it protects Indigenous people in three areas of life: jobs, tenancy, and access to services. It explains human rights complaints and how the BC Human Rights Tribunal works.

Last reviewed March 2024