Useful Links

Getting a Lawyer or Legal Advice
Legal information
Technical help to get ready for virtual court proceedings
Links related to specific types of cases
Statutes

Courts and Tribunals

Getting a Lawyer or Legal Advice (on all types of matters, including small claims matters)

AC Friendship Society - offers free workshops to help people complete legal forms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they provide online workshops, with help by phone for victims of gendered violence and people who can’t use computers.
Access Pro Bono - free legal advice and lawyers’ services
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.
Clicklaw - legal help and lawyers - links to sources of legal advice and lawyers in your community
Lawyer Referral Service - free 30 minute consultation with a lawyer
Legal Aid BC - a non-profit organization providing legal information, advice and lawyers for people with low incomes
Legal Aid 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
Legal Aid Intake Services - where to find Legal Aid and how to apply
Rise Women’s Legal Centre – free legal services by law students supervised by lawyers, for people around BC who self-identify as women
Seniors First BC (formerly BC Centre for Elder & Advocacy Support) - legal help for seniors

... in criminal matters

Legal Aid BC - Legal Aid BC provides free lawyers for some criminal charges to people who meet financial criteria

... in family matters

Family Court Duty Counsel - Legal Aid BC provides free legal advice and/or limited legal services to people with low incomes in many courthouses around the province
Family LawLine – lawyers provide legal advice by telephone, help preparing documents and coaching for court appearances in this Legal Aid service for people with limited income and eligible family law problems
How to apply for Legal Aid - Legal Aid BC provides free lawyers for some family issues to people who meet financial criteria
Roster of family lawyers & paralegals offering unbundled services - Some BC family lawyers are offering “unbundled” legal services. They will help you develop a plan to resolve your problems and divide the tasks as you wish, doing only the tasks you hire them for.

Legal Information

British Columbia Courthouse Library Society - legal research training videos and courthouse library locations and “Asked and Answered” - a collection of answers to legal research questions
CanLII - the legal information database where Canadian court decisions, including B.C. Provincial Court judgments, can be found
Clicklaw – wide range of legal info, education and help designed for the public
Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. - legal information and education primarily for lawyers
Law Society of BC - regulates BC lawyers
Dial-a-Law - get info on topics including family law, criminal law and Small Claims Court on this website or by listening to recorded talks by telephone at 1-800-565-5297 or 604-687-4680 in the Lower Mainland
Justice Education Society - self-help, education and tool kits on a huge range of legal issues
Peoples Law School - events, programs and resources on legal rights and responsibilities
B.C. Ministry of Justice - information on all aspects of the provincial justice department’s work
B.C. Government Laws - FAQ and definitions of common legal terms – useful glossary of legal terms and FAQs
Office of the Public Trustee - protects the interests of people who lack legal capacity
Federal Department of Justice - information on all aspects of the federal justice department’s work

Technical help to get ready for virtual court proceedings

AC Friendship Society offers appointments for help in preparing to appear in court remotely by telephone or Microsoft Teams videoconference.
Legal Aid Virtual Proceedings – web page with information on preparing to attend court by audio- and video-conference, and what to expect

Links related to specific types of cases

Resources for Criminal Cases
Resources for Family Court Cases
Resources for Small Claims Cases
Resources for Traffic & Bylaw Cases
Resources for Youth Cases

Statutes

The Provincial Court hears matters under a wide variety of federal and provincial laws (also called “statutes” or ‘legislation”) enacted by the Parliament of Canada and the British Columbia Legislature, including those listed here. Provincial Court judges and judicial justices must also apply "common law” precedents (applicable decisions of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada in similar cases). Canadian courts’ decisions can be found at CanLII.

B.C. Statutes

BC Laws – all provincial legislation in alphabetical order – click “Laws of British Columbia”and search
Adult Guardianship Act
Child, Family and Community Service Act
Provincial Court (Child, Family and Community Service Act) Rules
Civil Resolution Tribunal Act
Civil Resolution Tribunal Small Claims Regulation
Commercial Transport Act
Environmental Management Act
Family Law Act
Provincial Court Family Rules
Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Tables
Family Maintenance Enforcement Act
Family Maintenance Enforcement Act Regulation
Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act
Liquor Control and Licensing Act
Limitation Act
Local Government Act (bylaw offences)
Motor Vehicle Act
Offence Act
Passenger Transportation Act
Provincial Court Act
Small Claims Act
Small Claims Rules
Small Claims Monetary Limit Regulation
Workers Compensation Act
Youth Justice Act

Canadian Statutes

Laws of Canada – searchable or click “Consolidated Acts” for all federal legislation in alphabetical order
Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Tables
Criminal Code Contraventions Act
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Firearms Act
Fisheries Act
Income Tax Act
Youth Criminal Justice Act

Courts and Tribunals

BC Courts and Tribunals:

British Columbia Superior Courts
BC Civil Resolution Tribunal

Canadian Courts:

Supreme Court of Canada

Alberta Courts Saskatchewan Courts Manitoba Courts
Ontario Courts Quebec Courts New Brunswick Courts
PEI Courts Nova Scotia Courts Newfoundland Courts
Yukon Courts Nunavut Court of Justice Northwest Territories Courts
Federal Court Federal Court of Appeal

Tax Court of Canada
Canadian Courts Judgments & Decisions

United States Courts:

US Federal Courts
National Center for State Courts

International Courts:

International Court of Justice
International Criminal Court