Legal Services

Find organizations that provide legal help in BC. Most services are free or low cost.

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Library services

Courthouse Libraries BC

Provides legal information services to the public via a network of libraries in BC courthouses. Visit our website & learn how the libraries provide access to staff expertise, print and digital legal collections, and public computers. You’re encouraged to call or email before visiting as they can provide many services this way & can save you time.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Virtual Pro Bono Clinic (ask a mediator)

Mediate BC

Make an appointment to talk to a professional civil or family mediator and ask questions about mediation generally or about a specific conflict, including housing, workplace, family conflicts or business related issues. Mediators can help you determine if mediation is appropriate and discuss timelines, cost, and how to discuss going to mediation...

Last reviewed July 2024
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Registered Roster Mediator

Mediate BC

A directory of civil, family, child protection, and med-arb (mediation-arbitration) mediators across BC. Mediators offer service in various languages and set their own fees, as listed in their profiles. They are impartial and won’t make decisions for you. They maintain a safe, confidential, communicative process to help you reach an agreement.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Ask JES

Justice Education Society (JES)

Free information and referrals to help you deal with your legal issues. Questions are answered by UBC law students on weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Questions outside these hours will receive a response the next business day. Ask JES is supported by a knowledge base of over 1,000 legally reviewed questions and answers.

Last reviewed June 2024
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Find an Advocate

PovNet

An online tool to help you find a legal advocate near you, and to connect advocates in small or rural communities find up-to-date resources. You can search by areas of advocacy or city.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Brydges Line

Legal Aid BC

A province-wide toll-free telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide criminal law advice. You can call to speak to a lawyer if you’re arrested, detained, or under active investigation by the police or another law enforcement agency for a criminal offence, but not yet charged, and in need of emergency legal services.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Mental health law program

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Offers representation for people who have applied for a review panel hearing with the Mental Health Review Board under the Mental Health Act, and for people who have a BC Review Board hearing under the Mental Disorder Provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Immigration law duty counsel

Legal Aid BC

Lawyers for people in detention at the Canada Border Services Agency’s enforcement centre in Vancouver. They can give advice regarding procedures and your legal rights, and may appear on your behalf at detention hearings. You don’t have to meet financial eligibility requirements for these services.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Dispute resolution for consumers

Better Business Bureau

Helps you file a complaint against a business and get a resolution to your problem. You can post reviews about your experience with a business. The BBB will help you report scams, imposters, frauds, or schemes, as well as file complaints about warranty disputes for a vehicle.

Last reviewed May 2024
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VictimLinkBC

Government of British Columbia

Provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services. It’s a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across BC and the Yukon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last reviewed May 2024