Legal Information and Resources
The Law Society cannot provide legal assistance or advice to the public. Our primary mandate is to regulate the legal profession in BC.
However, the following information and links may be of some help.
Public legal information
is a comprehensive website of legal information for the public. Operated by Courthouse Libraries BC, Clicklaw brings together the learning materials and educational resources of over 20 legal organizations throughout the province.
Clicklaw Wikibooks are collaboratively developed, plain language legal publications that are born-wiki and can also be printed. The following wikibooks are currently available:
- JP Boyd on Family Law from Vancouver lawyer John-Paul Boyd is now updated for the new Family Law Act. Written in plain language, with rollover definitions for legal words and phrases, JP Boyd on Family Law provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in BC.
- Legal Help for British Columbians, 3rd ed., covers over 40 common legal problems faced by low-income clients in BC. This edition includes new chapters on immigration and mental health. The guide also contains a list of legal agencies that provide information, assistance, advice and representation for low-income clients in BC.
- Consumer Law Wikibook from People's Law School describes some of the most common consumer problems faced by British Columbians and in particular by newcomers to the province. It covers problems with a purchase, home repairs, loans, debt, identity theft and scams.
- A Death in Your Family from People’s Law School covers what to do first when a family member dies, making funeral arrangements and where to find support.
- The Tenant Survival Guide Wikibook gives tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia.
Family Law in British Columbia is a website dedicated to helping families use the law.
The Supreme Court of British Columbia website has information packages designed to assist people who are representing themselves in court.
JusticeBC is the provincial government’s web-based gateway for British Columbians who want information about the family and criminal justice systems, and justice reform. The family justice section has been updated to include the Family Law Act, which came into effect on March 18, 2013.
Justice access centres in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria are available to help with family and civil law issues, such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt.
The Justice Education Society provides resources to help people access British Columbia’s justice system and resolve their legal matters. Most services are available free of charge and include several websites on the courts, small claims, family law, victim services and more.
AdminLawBC is an online help guide for British Columbians navigating the world of administrative law
Legal Services Society provides legal assistance to B.C. residents living in poverty and has a number of publications for the public.
MyLawBC is a service provided by the Legal Services Society to help people deal with everyday legal issues, ranging from family breakdown and family violence to preparing wills and powers of attorney. The website's interactive tools tailor the information to the user and produce personalized action plans.
Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia provides free legal services to people and non-profit organizations of limited means throughout BC.
Peoples Law School provides free and impartial public legal education.
Rise Women’s Legal Centre is a full-service storefront legal clinic, provided by West Coast LEAF and the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, that focuses on providing legal representation to low-income women in the Lower Mainland. Students and lawyers work together to provide women with legal advice on family law and related matters, file documents in court, represent them in their hearings and generally assist women with accessing their legal rights.
Find a Lawyer
Suggestions on how to find a lawyer
Glossary of Legal Terms
There are many online resources that provide definitions of legal terms. Here are just a few:
Laws, Statutes and Regulations
Courthouse Libraries BC is the primary provider of legal information services to the legal community and the public of BC. Some of the free and fee-based services include:
- searching legal databases
- access to bills, statutes, regulations, case law and texts
- locating and noting up cases and legislation
- access to all CLBC electronic and print resources through a web-based catalogue
- access to electronic and Internet resources on public computers in the libraries
- website with legal links and research guides
- print, scanning, fax and e-mail services
The Law Library of UBC and The University of Victoria Diana M. Priestly Law Library are open to the public who may use library resources for study and research.
Courts and court information
Typescripts of reasons of the B.C. Court of Appeal (from 1974), the Supreme Court of BC (from 1971) and the County Court (from 1977-1990) are housed in University of Victoria library.
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) provides free, online access to legal documents from Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments for both legal practitioners and the general public .
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Law practice management
The Association of BC Land Surveyors | BC surveyors member lookup
Juricert online identity validation for the Land Title and Survey Authority's Electronic Filing System and the Nidus eRegistry
The Counsel Network (Lawyer recruitment and career services)
International Rule of Law Directory (International Bar Association)