Resources for Criminal Cases

Getting a lawyer or legal advice
Information on criminal law
Preparing for a criminal trial
Picklists - 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 - free 30 minute consultation with a lawyer
  • 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

Picklists - Standardized wording for bail & sentence orders
Picklists are lists of standardized terms for court orders. They are available on 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. When a judge says a number before making an order, they are helping the Clerk find that order.

These picklists may be used in all BC Provincial Court locations, but local variations of “Red Zone” conditions are available for four BC cities. “Red Zone” is a colloquial term used to describe areas that people may be prohibited from entering by bail, probation, or conditional sentence orders. This document contains common Red Zone boundaries in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, and Kelowna:

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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