Legal Information and Education
Major BC resources
BC Courthouse Library Society
Access to legal information resources and services. Site provides free research help and contact telephone numbers for more information.
BC Supreme Court Self-Help Centre
You can access them online or by telephone. Centre staff will help poeple without lawyers prepare to go to court with the information they need for Supreme Court family or civil cases.
Dial-A-Law, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
Dial-A-Law is a library of pre-recorded messages prepared by lawyers to provide practical information on specific topics of law as they apply in British Columbia.
The Law Centre
Self-help guides and pamphlets on small claims, traffic tickets, changing child and spousal support orders.
Law Courts Education Society
Extensive educational resources and online learning about the justice system.
Electronic Law Library, Legal Services Society
Access to legal information, updates about cases and decisions, and general information about the law.
Online Legal Glossary
Online glossary of 5,000 legal and court-related terms in English, Farsi (Persian), Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
Publications, Legal Services Society
Publications on a range of legal topics, many online.
Simon Fraser University Centre of Education, Law and Society
Research, activities and links to the Law Connection, a joint project with the Law Courts Education Society
University of British Columbia, Law Students Legal Advice Program
Their site includes the LSLAP manual, which has extensive practical information about dealing with legal problems.
Top ten Topics
In addition to the major resources listed above, the following sites have information about particular legal matters or for specific communities.
Native Courtworker and Counselling Association
The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association provides help to Aboriginal people in conflict with the law.
BC Civil Liberties Association
Information on citizenship and its rights and responsibilities.
Consumer & Debt
Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia
Tips for consumers, information about scams, how to make a complaint, and links to organizations that can help.
Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority of British Columbia
Information about how to prevent consumer problems and what to do if you have a problem.
Credit Counselling Society of BC
The Credit Counselling Society of BC provides assistance with debt problems.
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada
Information on debt and bankruptcy.
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
A provincial, cross-disability advocacy organization.
Information on family law and alternatives to court for family disputes.
Family Law in British Columbia
Self-help materials to help people resolve family law problems, current family law information and resources, and links.
Separation and Divorce Resource Centre
This Victoria, BC organization provides support and information to people facing separation and divorce.
Residential Tenancy Office
Website of the BC Residential office. Offers fact sheets on topics including legislation, discrimination, dispute resolution, and pets; also includes forms, guides, and policy guidelines on the legislation.
BC Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre
Tenants Survival Guide to legal rights and responsibilities, and factsheets on changes to legislation.
Newcomers to Canada
Information about the law in BC in nine languages, and links to community resources.
Links to legal issues of relevance to seniors, including information about benefits such as federal Old Age Security pensions and Canada Pension Plan. Also links to information about planning ahead.
BC CEAS (Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors)
Information on abuse of seniors and resources such as fact sheets on money matters and how to identify abuse.
Information about poverty issues in BC and Canada.
Employment Insurance (EI)
Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits. Forms and online application.
Includes fact sheets on employment standards and what to do if employment standards are not met.
Information for people who are having problems dealing with Workers Compensation. Includes fact sheets on appeals.