Legal system


Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC
Information and publications about the issues that are important to Aboriginal people, including family law, child protection, Gladue rights, First Nations Court, Indian Residential Schools Settlement, and harvesting rights (fishing, hunting, and gathering).

BC's Criminal Justice System (Attorney General ministry)
Basic information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders, and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system and what services and resources are available.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII)
A site that allows users to search for Canadian federal and provincial legislation, case law, and some other decisions (for example, from tribunals).

Website aimed at enhancing access to justice in BC links to legal information and education designed for the public from 24 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Society of British Columbia
Analytical articles on various types of law, news from the legal community, information about recent court decisions, and more.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to law.

Courthouse Services
Courthouse Services delivers all court administration services in BC.

Department of Justice Canada — Enforcing Support
An online summary of the law on enforcing child and spousal support orders in Canada, including links to the relevant federal, provincial, out-of-province/interjurisdictional, and international enforcement legislation. Includes links to provincial support enforcement programs.

Transcripts of taped information written by lawyers, about various law topics and your rights.

Families Change (Justice Education Society)
Clear and objective information about divorce and separation for children and youth. A Justice Education Society of BC website that includes "A Kids' Guide to Separation and Divorce" (for children aged 5 to 12) and "A Teen Guide to Parental Separation and Divorce."

Family Justice (Attorney General ministry)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Mediation Canada
Information about qualified family mediators and a "Find a mediator" search tool.

Interjurisdictional Support Orders
An Attorney General website containing information and forms/instructions to get or change support orders when either the recipient or the payor lives outside BC — does not apply to orders made under the Divorce Act.

JP Boyd on Family Law
A comprehensive survey of family law, divorce law, and the court process in BC, maintained by a family lawyer as a public service.

Justice Access Centre (Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria)
Information about the centre and the services it provides (includes information, assessment, mediation, and referrals). The centre can help you solve family law problems without going to court, or prepare you to participate effectively in negotiation, mediation, or the court process.

Law Courts Center
Information about free in-person help from paralegals for drafting simple family orders and completing simple family court forms for Supreme Court. Also offers low-cost help for temporary foreign workers from countries like the Philippines with children back home to complete uncontested divorce applications. The center also offers help and resources for people with civil matters and BC Human Rights Tribunal matters.

Mediate BC
Contains a list of qualified family mediators and information about mediation and how it works.

Question and answer pathways (on separation and divorce, making a will or personal plan, foreclosure, and family violence) that lead to an action plan. Plus an online negotiation platform for couples to work together on their separation plan/agreement. Publications about the law.

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.

Online Divorce Assistant
Free online tool put out by the provincial government. Answering plain-language questions automatically fills out all the forms you need for a joint divorce. Use this tool if you don’t have any dependent children together and your marriage certificate (or registration of marriage) is in English.

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

Provincial Court of BC
Information about Provincial (Family) Court.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Service BC
Information about services (including legal services) available through government agents at Service BC centres across BC.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

Supreme Court of BC
Information about the Supreme Court of BC.

Supreme Court Scheduling page
Contains links to lists of dates and times available for various Supreme Court processes, including trials and judicial case conferences.

Unbundled legal services
A People’s Law School website explaining unbundled legal services. It includes a directory of lawyers offering unbundled services.

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