Legal Services

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

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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 11am to 2pm. 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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Workplace Mediation

Mediate BC

Find a workplace mediator from the roster of Civil Mediators in BC to help resolve conflict in the workplace and help organizations handle disputes constructively.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Workers’ Advisers Office

Government of British Columbia

A resource for workers. It provides workers, their dependents, and other stakeholders with free advice, assistance, representation, training and mentoring on workers’ compensation issues. It also explains when to contact Workers’ Advisers, and when to contact WorkSafeBC directly.

Last reviewed May 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
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Provincial Court criminal duty counsel

Legal Aid BC

Lawyers who can help you in Provincial Court if you’re charged with a crime, and can’t get a legal aid lawyer, or haven’t yet applied for legal aid. They can give you advice about the charges, court procedures, and your legal rights, and can represent you at a bail hearing. If there’s time, duty counsel can help with a guilty plea.

Last reviewed May 2024