Legal system under COVID-19

Provincial Court
Supreme Court

Legal aid applications

Legal aid applications are now taken by phone only. For the most up-to-date information about Legal Aid BC services, please see Legal aid services.

Family advice services

Duty counsel family advice services are now available by phone only. Lawyers aren't available at courthouses or Justice Access Centres. For phone numbers and service hours, please see family duty counsel lawyers and family advice lawyers.

To access free telephone advise services for family law matters, see the Family LawLINE. If you're a person with a low income experiencing a family law issue, you may be eligible for free legal advice over the telephone from a family lawyer. Family LawLINE lawyers give brief "next step" advice about family law issues

Lawyers aren't available at courthouses or Justice Access Centres. But the Family Justice Services Division is providing services by phone and other virtual service options. Please see this Provincial Court page for more information.

Child protection services

If you have a child protection matter and there's a Parents Legal Centre (PLC) in your community, call the office to receive help. PLC services are now available by phone only. For contact information and hours of service, please see the PLC page.

Dispute resolution services

Family Justice Counsellors and Child Support Officers will provide dispute resolution services to families through technology. Please see this Provincial Court page for more information.

Parenting After Separation courses

Parenting After Separation and Parenting After Separation for Indigenous Families courses are still available online.

The courts

Use the buttons below to find out what each court is doing.

Provincial Court

Supreme Court

Court of Appeal