How Do I Find Court Forms?

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What are court forms?

Court forms are official court documents that you have to use when you bring a dispute to court. If you are not sure which form to use, you may want to speak with a lawyer. See the section of this guide Where Can I Find Help with My Legal Problem?.

Where can I find court forms?

Clicklaw’s quicklinks to online laws, cases and rules includes links to the forms for all levels of court. You can search these forms by name, or by number.

Court forms: clarifying your question

Do you have specific information about the form you need? For example: “The registry said I need Form F51 for Supreme Court Family.” In this case, go directly to the Supreme Court Family court forms page to find the one you need.

Or do you have a question that requires the help of other sources? For example: “I need child support forms.” In this instance, you may need to find some additional information from a source such as the Family Law in BC child support page to explain different kinds of forms and procedures. In some cases, there are examples of completed forms online such as JP Boyd on Family Law, Supreme Court Forms.

The Clicklaw website will help you find resources to help you understand which forms you use in each level of court, for example going to small claims court. Clicklaw also has a flow chart that helps you find the forms and guides you may need when going to court.

What if I have limited information?

If you have the form number

The form number helps determine which level of court it is from since each level of court numbers forms in different ways:

Level of Court Form Number
Small Claims Forms SCR or COEA followed by the #:
Provincial Court Family Forms Often PCFR followed by the #:
Supreme Court Family Forms F followed by the #:
Supreme Court Civil Forms Just the #:

If you know the level of court

Click on the appropriate court forms link and you can look through the alphabetical list. If you still cannot find the form, you may need to look at secondary resources such as summaries or guides that focus on the legal problem you are dealing with. See the section in this guide Secondary Resources and How to Find Them.

If you know the form name

Look through the alphabetical list of forms for a few different levels of court. Sometimes different levels of court have forms with the same name. For example, if you are looking for a Requisition, you will need to know the level of court since nearly every level of court has a Requisition form.

If you know the level of court but even after searching do not have the form name or form number

You may need to find an Affidavit (sworn written statement) form. However, nearly every level of court has an Affidavit form, and some have more than one type of Affidavit form, such as an Affidavit in Support to Waive Fees. If you do not know the level of court or the form number, you may need to look at secondary resources to figure out what the correct form is. See the section in this guide Secondary Resources and How to Find Them.

If you are just getting started and/or you do not know which forms you need

If you cannot find the form you’re looking for or if you are just getting started, you’ll need to look at secondary resources that focus on the legal problem you are dealing with. See the section in this guide Secondary Resources and How to Find Them. You may also wish to consult with one of the legal advice services described in section Where Can I Find Help with My Legal Problem?.

Clicklaw has common questions and links to guides that provide information about the forms required for certain legal procedures:

Court forms: examples/guides

Staff at Courthouse Libraries BC can help you find resources to find forms, but cannot help clients fill in court forms.

However, there are a number of guides and examples that may help with filling in court forms. Some of the most used resources include the following:


All levels of court in BC use affidavits. The following resources can help you get started:

Family Forms (Supreme & Provincial)

Small Claims Forms

Civil Forms

  • Supreme Court of BC Civil Court Forms. Civil forms are available online from the provincial government, along with helpful notes. The forms are in a PDF format that you can fill out and print.
  • Evin Ross’ Guide to Civil Litigation. This is a helpful print resource that provides detailed instructions about forms and procedures. It is available at branches of Courthouse Libraries BC, and some public libraries.

Court of Appeal Forms

The Court of Appeal BC Online Help Guide website has guides for people who are appealing civil/family and criminal matters.

Probate Forms

What if you are having technical trouble filling in your form?

Filling in the PDF version of the forms can be quite tricky and frustrating. The following online guides may be helpful:

However, if you are still having trouble with the online forms, you may need in-person help. Find out who can help using the list below:

The PDF forms are subject to several web browser restrictions. The Supreme Court has the following guidelines for making sure the forms function properly on your computer:

  • Adobe Reader Required - You will require the latest version of Adobe Reader in order to use the forms. If you need to update your Reader software, please ensure you remove the old version of Reader before installing the new one. You may also want to be sure that your computer is not starting Adobe Acrobat instead of Reader when opening the forms and check your computer settings to make sure the CSB Smart Forms website is added as a trusted site.
  • Google Chrome and Firefox Users - If you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser you will need to do a onetime configuration on your browser before using the forms. You can find the steps for configuring your browser here.
  • Apple and Mac Users - Currently, the forms are not compatible with Apple products, including Mac computers, iPads, etc. If you are using a Mac computer, you can download the desired document form the website by following the instructions here.

You can also use the forms by saving them to your hard drive. To do this, right click on the form you wish to use and save it to your computer.

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Courthouse Libraries BC staff, October 2015.

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