Legal Services

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

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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
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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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TRU Community Legal Clinic (TRU CLC)

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

This student-staffed free legal clinic provides legal help and advice to eligible people. They represent clients in areas including residential tenancy, employment standards, small claims, human rights claims, and some criminal charges. They draft legal documents such as simple wills, demand letters, powers of attorney, and more.

Last reviewed March 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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Tenant Infoline

Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC)

Information, referrals, and help for residential tenancy law matters (renting) in BC. They help with common problems such as tenancy agreement forms, repairs, eviction, quiet enjoyment, security deposits, fixed-term leases, rent increases, termination of services, and dispute resolution.

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