If you do not have a lawyer
If you do not have a lawyer, you will have to prepare your case and do the legal research to represent yourself. You will need to learn about the court system, what documents to file, the specific law in your case, what you and the "other side" must both prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case. There are places where you can get legal information, legal advice and assistance, or legal representation.
If you need help with your legal problem
There are many organizations that can provide you with legal information, legal advice, and referrals to a variety of services in your community. Some organizations may be able to provide you with free legal advice (pro bono) or for a reduced fee.
If you need help in court
Some help is available from duty counsel (free lawyers provided by the Legal Services Society of BC) in family matters. Help may also be available from duty counsel if you are appearing on a civil chambers matter in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal in Vancouver.
If you want to learn about an area of law
You may want to learn about the law on a particular topic. There are resources and websites where you can find information about general areas of law, such as family law or tenancy problems. If you want to do your own legal research about your case, this link will direct you to some helpful websites.
If you want to learn about court procedures and documents
There are guidebooks available to help you draft court documents and prepare for hearings in the Supreme Court.
These information packages will give you information and assist you to prepare for a variety of applications.
The court has a policy which will help you access the court record.
If you have a legal problem that is being heard by the Provincial Court, go to their website for available resources.
If you need information about registrars' hearings
There are information booklets to help you prepare for hearings before the registrar.