If you are in police custody and waiting for a bail hearing, you can get advice by phone in the evenings, on weekends and on holidays. You can reach Legal Aid BC`s lawyers at 1-888-595-5677 toll-free. People`s Law School is a non-profit corporation committed to making the law accessible to all. Their website in peopleslawschool.ca offers free education and information to help people deal with the legal problems of everyday life. Topics presented include consumer and debt issues, workplace issues, wills and estates. Visit Clicklaw for more information on legal services and resources. Browse Clicklaw`s help map to find free and cost-effective legal services in your community. Visit Indigenous Legal Resources for Indigenous legal resources. Legal Aid offers a range of free legal services to low-income individuals and families. It is provided by Legal Aid BC and funded by the provincial government and organizations such as the Law Foundation of BC and the Notary Foundation of BC. If you are interested in applying for legal aid, please contact Legal Aid British Columbia. If you are not eligible for legal representation, you may still be eligible for other legal aid services.
This includes public defenders and lawyers who advise by telephone. Legal Aid BC, the province`s legal aid provider, provides free legal information on family law, criminal law, immigration and Indigenous legal issues. Your main website contains legalaid.bc.ca many publications in languages other than English. Their Family Law in BC website in family.legalaid.bc.ca provides self-help information to people in family conflict. Information for Aboriginal people can be found on their Aboriginal Legal Aid in British Columbia website at aboriginal.legalaid.bc.ca. A justice of the peace (JP) is a bailiff appointed to maintain the peace. PJs can perform certain judicial tasks, such as conducting lawsuits, issuing court orders, and many other services. PPs do not need formal legal training. Visit Justices of the Peace (Provincial Court of British Columbia) for more information. Courthouse Libraries BC also offers Clicklaw Wikibooks, plain language legal publications that are Born Wiki and can also be printed.
See wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca. The Law Society has launched a media and government relations campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of legal aid. Members of the Legal Aid Advisory Committee met with their local MPs to advocate for increased funding for legal aid in British Columbia. In addition, local and regional media have published the Law Society`s comments on why a just society needs adequately funded legal aid. Read the reviews in the Vancouver Sun, Burnaby Now, Merrit Herald, Prince George Citizen, Smithers Interior News and Victoria Times Colonist. Visit Youth Services for legal services and resources for youth. Family LawLINE`s lawyers provide legal advice on family law issues such as parental leave or contact/access, guardianship/custody, child support, spouses. To find out if you are eligible for free legal advice or representation, visit Legal Aid (British Columbia).
Ask a lawyer to handle your case and represent you in court. More than 25,000 people receive a legal aid lawyer each year. If you do not have a lawyer, the First Nations Court lawyer can give you free legal advice no later than the day of court. Duty Counsel can help you get involved with it. At student law clinics in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, law students can help those who otherwise cannot afford legal assistance. Students help with legal issues such as rent or work issues, access to government benefits, criminal charges (less serious), and small claims cases. Call the Lower Mainland at 604-822-5791 or visit lslap.bc.ca. In the Victoria area, call 250-385-1221 or visit uvic.ca/law/about/centre.
Legal Aid BC has increased the amount a person can earn to receive legal aid. The vision concludes that legal aid is an essential element of the proper administration of justice in a free and democratic society. In a society governed by the rule of law, everyone must have equal access to the justice system. If people do not have equal access to the law, rights and freedoms can be threatened. Since there is no equality of resources in society, some people will need help to enforce their rights or understand their responsibilities. If you are a low-income person going through a separation or divorce, you may be entitled to up to three hours of free legal advice from the Supreme Court. Legal Aid BC is a not-for-profit organization established in 1979 by the Legal Services Society (LSS) Act to provide legal information, advice and advocacy services. Our priority is to serve the interests of low-income people, but many of our services are available to all British Columbians. Our services are offered in legal advice centres across the province and online on our websites: legalaid.bc.ca, family.legalaid.bc.ca, aboriginal.legalaid.bc.ca and mylawbc.com.
The Province of British Columbia announced on October 15 that it had reached an agreement with the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers and the Legal Services Society (now Legal Aid BC), marking the first important step towards sustainable legal aid in decades. The Law Society sent out a press release calling on the new government to increase funding for legal aid. Read the press release. Most courthouses have lawyers who are called service advocates. They offer free legal advice to people with limited resources who have a case at the courthouse that day. If you are on trial in a criminal or family case, they can give you some brief advice. They may be able to speak on your behalf in court on simple issues. For business advice at your community courthouse, visit legalaid.bc.ca or contact your local legal counseling office. Dozens of agencies provide legal assistance in specific areas to people who are disadvantaged or have limited resources. In communities across the province, lawyers provide free support and advocacy to low-income and marginalized people with legal issues. Lawyers help with legal issues such as rent or work issues, domestic violence, access to government benefits, and immigration issues. Advocates usually work from non-profit institutions such as non-profit centres, churches or women`s centres.
Lawyers are trained to help people enforce their rights, including with the paperwork involved. PovNet has a Find an Advocate card in povnet.org. Clicklaw`s help map on clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap lists dozens of defenders in British Columbia. There is a wealth of free legal information available online. Here are some of the best sources for British Columbians. The Access to Justice Advisory Committee oversees and advises advisors on important issues related to the state of legal aid in British Columbia and promotes the Law Society`s vision for publicly funded legal aid.