Resources for Criminal Cases

Getting a lawyer or legal advice
Information on criminal law
Preparing for a criminal trial
Standardized wording for bail & sentence orders
Laws
Victims
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Getting a lawyer or legal advice

  • Ask JES – free service from BC Justice Education Society providing answers to legal questions by live chat, phone or email Monday to Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Lawyer Referral Service - consult with a lawyer for 30 minutes for $25+ tax
  • How to apply for Legal Aid - the Legal Services Society provides free lawyers for some criminal charges to people who meet financial criteria
  • LSS Call Centre - phone to find out if you qualify for legal aid services - telephone interpreters can be arranged for people who don’t speak English
  • Access Pro Bono - free legal advice and lawyers’ services

Information on Criminal Law

Preparing for a criminal trial

Standardized wording for bail & sentence orders
Picklists are lists of standardized terms for court orders. They are stored in courtroom computers so a Court Clerk can use them to quickly and accurately capture the order a judge makes. When a judge decides to change the standard wording, a Court Clerk can edit the term accordingly. Picklists include letter and number codes that help the Court Clerk find a term quickly.

Laws

Victims

  • Victims and Witnesses of Crime and Violence – BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General provides information to help with legal questions and emotional effects of crime
  • Victims of Crime - Government of Canada offers information and assistance including rights, roles, services, bail, trials, sentencing, parole
  • National Office for Victims information and support to victims of offenders sentenced to jail sentences of two years or more.

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