Legal Aid BC (LABC) has announced it will only take applications for legal aid over the phone effective immediately. This is in response to public health concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
While we are saddened by the decision to close our doors for in-person applications at this time, it is important that we protect both our clients and employees from the virus.
People who require legal aid services must phone the Provincial Call Centre, the Parents Legal Centre in their community, or the local agent where they live.
The Call Centre can be reached at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525. To find contact numbers for the local agent or Parents Legal Centre in your community, see Service locations.
Our community partners -- agencies that provide legal aid information around the province -- will also only provide assistance by phone only. See Service locations for contact information.
We also encourage everyone to take advantage of our online services: Family Law in BC (includes LiveHelp, a chat service to help you find information on the site), MyLawBC (provides free online mediation for preparing a parenting plan), and Aboriginal Legal Aid BC, as well as our Family LawLINE, a free telephone advice service.
We are continuing to monitor the public health crisis and will provide updates regarding any further changes to legal aid services.