Support Person Guidelines

Many self-represented litigants find that having a trusted friend or family member with them to provide emotional support, take notes, and organize documents can be a big help. As part of its efforts to improve meaningful access to justice for self-represented litigants, the Provincial Court of BC was the first court in Canada to develop and adopt Guidelines for Using a Support Person in Provincial Court.

The Guidelines make it clear that the Court welcomes support persons to provide quiet help to self-represented litigants in small claims and family court trials, although individual judges may decide that a support person’s presence would be disruptive or unfair in a particular case.

The Court has also distributed an illustrated poster to inform people about the Guidelines.