Legal Help and Alternatives to Court (Covid-19)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on July 24, 2020 - 10:25 AM PDT.


This page provides links to information about changes to free or low-cost legal help & info services, and alternatives to court.

This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.


Clicklaw HelpMap is a searchable database for finding those who can help with legal problems in British Columbia.

  • In general, you can call or email the service you find on HelpMap to find out about their availability.
  • We have updated our listings with information regarding accessing individual services, which have adapted to the public health directives.

Below are just some of the free or low-cost services you can find on Clicklaw HelpMap.

Online sources

PovNet: Covid-19 Service Changes

  • A list of changes to provincial and community-based services, with a focus on poverty laws and small or rural communities.

Clicklaw Blog: Legal Help from Home series

  • A series featuring free or low-cost tools and services beyond finding legal information that people can access from home or remotely.

Legal info

Courthouse Libraries BC: Library Services

  • Anyone in BC can email librarian@courthouselibrary.ca or leave a voice message: 1-800-665-2570 (toll-free) or 604-660-2841. Staff are available online and by phone, during business hours Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding statutory holidays).

People's Law School: COVID-19 Response

  • For assistance, call 604-331-5400 or email info@peopleslawschool.ca.

Justice Education Society: Ask JES

  • If you have legal info questions, please Ask JES. Volunteers are available live M-F 11-2 via text or phone to 855-875-8867, or web chat https://justiceeducation.ca

Legal aid

Legal Aid BC: Legal Aid Applications

  • Taking applications for legal aid over the phone only, not accepting in-person applications. Call the Provincial Call Centre (604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525) or the local agent in your community.

Legal forms

Amici Curiae: Legal Forms Workshop

  • Virtual workshops available by appointment. See more info on how it works and the appointment booking form here.

Legal advice

Access Pro Bono BC: COVID-19 Response

  • Services have moved to telephone and online delivery. The court-based Civil Chambers Program is closed temporarily. British Columbians can call 604-878-7400 or 1-877-762-6664 (low income) or 1-800-663-1919 (Lawyer Referral Service for anyone).

Community services providing legal advice and legal clinics: Clicklaw HelpMap

  • Use HelpMap to find one in your location

Government

Justice Access Centres & Family Justice Centres

  • In-person services are discontinued temporarily, including the Self-help Resource Rooms and services provided by justice partners located in the Justice Access Centres. Services will continue through telephone and other virtual service options until further notice. In locations or circumstances where services are required before or as part of a family court process (e.g Rule 5 or Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Prototype), services will continue to be available through the use of technology. All callers to local centres will be advised of the service options available to them.
  • Clients with appointments already scheduled with Family Justice Counsellors or Child Support Officers will be contacted directly by our local offices to discuss options for how that appointment can proceed.

Alternatives to court

Mediate BC: Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service

  • For people in a conflict arising from quarantine or isolation. Sliding scale fees.


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