Legal aid can help

Legal aid can help

Do you have a legal problem?

Legal Aid BC has a range of free services that might be able to help. We give priority to people with low incomes. But many of our services are available to all British Columbians. We can help you access legal information, advice, and representation services.

What can I find on this website? 

What can I find on this website? 
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You can find free legal information about legal rights for Aboriginal peoples. You can also find out about our free information services, including:

How can I get legal advice?

How can I get legal advice?
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If you don't qualify for representation by a legal aid lawyer, you might still be able to get free legal advice through our duty counsel lawyers and other services. Our services include:

Criminal law

Family law

Immigration law

See the Legal Aid BC website to find out if you qualify for legal advice.

Will a lawyer represent me?

Will a lawyer represent me?
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If you qualify, you might be able to get a lawyer to take your case for:

  • serious family problems
  • child protection matters (see Parents Legal Centre)
  • criminal law issues
  • some immigration, mental health, and prison law issues

How do I apply for legal aid?

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You can apply for legal aid by phone or in person.

  • Have your financial and court information handy when you apply.
  • To find out what information you need to apply, see the Legal Aid BC website. If you don't have all the documents we need, we tell you what to do next.

 

How to apply for legal aid by phone

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Call our province-wide Call Centre

604-408-2172 (Greater Vancouver)

1-866-577-2525 (elsewhere in BC)

All callers have an initial interview when staff ask questions to determine your eligibility for our services.

Call Centre hours

9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)

9:00 am to 2:30 pm (Wednesdays)

How to apply for legal aid in person

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See the map below for legal aid locations across BC. It's a good idea to phone your local legal aid location or check the Legal Aid BC website to find out the office hours. Legal Aid BC provides intake outreach services in the following communities:

  • Kamloops — Adams Lake, Neshonilith, and Chu Chua
  • Nanaimo — Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Penelakut, Lake Cowichan, Snuneymuxw, Malahat, Lyackson/Halalt, and Stz'uminus
  • North Vancouver — D'Arcy and Mount Currie
  • Salmon Arm — Splats'In
  • Victoria — Tseycom Reserve, Esquimalt First Nation, and Port Renfrew Reserve

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  • Aboriginal Services

    Get help

    Aboriginal community legal workers — Give legal information and limited advice services

    Legal information outreach workers — Give legal information and provide referrals

    BC211 — Free confidential referrals to help and information — Call 211