Links

These websites provide information about the law and legal services in BC.

Aboriginal law

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC
Has information to help Aboriginal people across BC understand their legal rights. Includes information on Gladue rights; First Nations Court; fishing, hunting, and gathering rights; matrimonial property on reserve; child protection; and family law. Also has information on who can help and how to get legal aid.

Criminal law

JusticeBC
Provides information about the criminal justice system in BC and helps you access resources and services.

Debts & mortgages

MyLawBC
Features guided pathways that produce personalized action plans to help users address common legal problems such as foreclosure.

Family law

Family Justice
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Law in British Columbia
Contains self-help materials to help people resolve their family law problems, current family law information and resources, and links to useful related sites.

Justice Access Centres
Describes the services available at the Justice Access Centres in Nanaimo and Vancouver. Their staff provide legal help and information to people facing a separation or divorce.

MyLawBC
Features an online negotiation platform for separating couples and guided pathways that produce personalized action plans to address common legal problems such as separation and divorce.

Immigration, refugee, & citizenship

MultiLingoLegal.ca
Information about the law and community resources in BC in nine languages. A joint project of the Latin American Community Council and MOSAIC.

Multilingual Legal Glossary
A glossary of 5,000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in plain language. Terms are searchable in English, with definitions available in Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Seniors

MyLawBC
Features an online negotiation platform for separating couples and guided pathways that produce personalized action plans to address common legal problems, such as separation and divorce, wills and personal planning, and foreclosure.

People's Law School
Publications for seniors about benefits, services, and planning for the future:
When I'm 64: Benefits
When I'm 64: Controlling Your Affairs
When I'm 64: Services

See also their Seniors publications page for links to other useful booklets and fact sheets for seniors. Several of their publications are available in languages other than English.

Legal help

Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia
Contains information about free legal services available to people who can't get legal aid or afford a lawyer. Includes a map to help people find legal clinics throughout Canada.

BC Supreme Court Self-Help Centre
Information about how the centre can help you prepare to represent yourself in a Supreme Court or civil case, and links to other legal information websites and services.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Dial-A-Law
Transcripts of taped information written by lawyers, about various legal topics and your legal rights.

Government agents (Service BC centres)
Information about services that are available through government agents, and a listing of the Service BC centres around the province.

Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)
Contains information about free legal advice clinics offered by law students at the University of British Columbia, including their clinic solely for immigration and refugee legal issues. Also includes the LSLAP Manual of legal information.

Lawyer Referral Service
Describes how you can get a 30-minute consultation meeting with a lawyer for $25 plus taxes. At the meeting, you briefly describe your issue and the lawyer determines whether you have a legal problem.

MyLawBC
Features an online negotiation platform for separating couples and guided pathways that produce personalized action plans to address common legal problems, such as separation and divorce, wills and personal planning, and foreclosure.

PovNet
Current information about poverty issues in BC and Canada for advocates, community groups, and people on welfare. Lists community-based advocates around the province.

Pro Bono Map of BC
A simple, user-friendly way of locating pro bono legal services throughout BC. Enter your location to get contact information, office hours, maps, directions, and descriptions of the free legal services offered in and around your community.

Legal research

Asked & Answered
On the BC Courthouse Library Society's website, a collection of some hard-to-find answers found by staff while helping users with their legal research questions.

People's Law School
Legal information on a variety of topics in plain language.

SFU Library
A guide to finding court records and transcripts relating to a case.

Legal system & courts

Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
The website of the BC branch of the professional lawyers’ organization.

Continuing Legal Education
Analytical articles on various types of law, news from the legal community, information about recent court decisions, and more.

Courts of British Columbia
Contains links to information about the BC Supreme Court, Provincial Court, and Court of Appeal. Also links to Court Services, the section of the Ministry of Attorney General that delivers administrative services such as court registry and trial support.

Law Foundation of British Columbia
A non-profit foundation created by legislation in 1969 to fund legal initiatives.

Law Society of British Columbia
The website of the governing body of BC lawyers.