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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The Law Centre

The Law Centre at the University of Victoria

May provide legal advice, assistance, and representation to eligible clients who live in the Capital Regional District and who can’t afford a lawyer. They help with criminal matters, divorce, support and other family law matters, human rights complaints, and civil disputes. They also help with some hearings before administrative tribunals.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Family duty counsel

Legal Aid BC

Lawyers who help people with low incomes deal with their family law issues, including child protection issues if the MCFD is involved, and if you’re going through a separation or divorce. You might qualify for help from family duty counsel in Provincial or Supreme Court even if you don’t qualify for a legal aid lawyer.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Summary legal advice

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre

Provides low-barrier wellness services to trans and gender-diverse people. Volunteer lawyers offer summary advice about legal issues you may have — family law, human rights, employment, immigration, etc. (But they can’t take on your case and act for you as your lawyer.) They can also notarize documents, for example for a name or gender change.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Sources Legal Resource Centre (family law)

Sources Community Resource Centres

Provides legal information and resources for people dealing with family law issues. Issues they help with include separation and divorce, guardianship and parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, and more. They help with court forms and preparing for court. They help with both Provincial Court and Supreme Court matters.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Shut-In and Hospital Legal Services

The Law Centre at the University of Victoria

Persons who are hospitalized or who can’t attend the Law Centre in person because of disability or illness may telephone the office for more information. A staff member may arrange to visit them. (The Law Centre staff won’t give legal advice over the telephone.)

Last reviewed March 2024
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Separation Resource Services

Family Services of Greater Victoria (formerly BC Families in Transition)

Helps you work out your next steps if you’re pre-separated or recently separated by giving you key information as the first step towards a non-adversarial process in settling your family law matters. They don’t provide legal advice, but offer coaching, help filling out court forms, will accompany you to lawyer appointments or court, and more.

Last reviewed March 2024