Duty counsel lawyers for family law matters

COVID-19 NOTICE: Family duty counsel and family advice lawyer services are only offered by phone at this time. Lawyers will not be at courthouses. For contact information, please see FDC locations listings at the bottom of the page. There will be no new Supreme Court or Provincial Court applications unless in a judge’s view the matter is urgent. Contact duty counsel to find out whether your matter is considered urgent.

If you have a family law issue, you may qualify for help from family duty counsel (FDC) or a family advice lawyer, even if you do not qualify for a legal aid lawyer.

These services are intended to assist people with lower incomes who are representing themselves in court. There is a maximum amount of time that these lawyers can spend assisting you.

FDC are lawyers who can provide advice about:

  • parenting time or contactaccess,
  • guardianshipcustody,
  • child support,
  • property (limited advice),
  • tentative settlement agreements, and
  • court procedures.

In some communities, both Provincial and Supreme Court FDC are available. If you're in Provincial Court, you may want to check out the schedule of Supreme Court FDC in your community as they can also give advice to Provincial Court clients. (See FDC locations below.)

Provincial Court FDC

Provincial Court FDC attend the Provincial Courthouses on list days, sometimes called first appearance or remand days. Priority is given to financially eligible people who are in court that day, either on the court list or to make emergency court applications.

Once court ends, FDC may have time to provide advice to people who aren't appearing in court that day. FDC are available on a drop-in basis.

Provincial Court FDC can help you with family law matters, including child protection issues. FDC can:

  • give you advice, or
  • speak on your behalf in court on simple matters.

However, FDC will not:

  • take on your whole case, or
  • represent you at a trial.

FDC may be able to help you even if you're not financially eligible. See Do I qualify for legal advice?

Provincial Court FDC can also attend a case conference in Provincial Court. If a case conference is scheduled in your matter, you can ask either the Provincial Court FDC who helped you or your local intake office for a case conference referral to be made.

To find your nearest location, see FDC locations below.

Expanded FDC and family advice lawyers

In some locations, FDC are able to make appointments and give advice to clients who aren't on the court list. This type of service is available to people who are in Provincial Court or Supreme Court, or working out an agreement.

Expanded FDC is in the following locations:

  • Kelowna,
  • Nanaimo,
  • New Westminster,
  • Port Coquitlam,
  • Prince George,
  • Surrey,
  • Vancouver, and
  • Victoria.

In all locations, appointments are strongly encouraged; although, drop-in service is available for urgent matters.

Supreme Court FDC

If you're a person with a low income going through a separation or divorce, you may be eligible for up to three hours of free legal advice from Supreme Court FDC.

Supreme Court FDC can assist you in Chambers if the matter is simple, unopposed, or by consent.

FDC may be able to help you even if you are not financially eligible. See Do I qualify for legal advice?

Supreme Court FDC can also attend a case conference. If a case conference is scheduled in your matter, you can ask either the Supreme Court FDC who helped you or your local intake office for a case conference referral to be made.

Supreme Court FDC is provided on a drop-in basis at all Supreme Court locations, except where Expanded FDC is located (see above).

To find your nearest Supreme Court FDC location, see below.

FDC locations

FDC services are available in the court locations listed below in alphabetical order. Click the community nearest you to find the address, phone number, and hours. Or call the legal aid location nearest you and ask when duty counsel will be at your local court.

If your community is not on the list, call your local court registry to see if they have started family duty counsel services. To find your local court registry, see the Provincial Court of BC website.

100 Mile House

  • 100 Mile House Provincial Court
    100 Mile House
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Abbotsford

  • Abbotsford Provincial Court
    Abbotsford
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, Wed: 9 am to 4 pm, call 604-755-4464.
    Thu & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Bella Bella

  • Bella Bella (circuit)
    Bella Bella
    BC
    Hours

    Contact the Legal Aid BC Call Centre at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Burns Lake

  • Burns Lake Provincial Court
    Burns Lake
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Campbell River

  • Campbell River Provincial Court
    Campbell River
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Chilliwack

  • Chilliwack Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Chilliwack
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, Wed: 9 am to 4 pm, call 604-755-4464
    Thu & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Chilliwack Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Chilliwack
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, Wed: 9 am to 4 pm, call 604-755-4464
    Thu & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Colwood

  • Western Communities Court (Colwood)
    Colwood
    BC
    Hours

    Contact the Victoria Family Duty Counsel office at 250-356-7035

Courtenay

  • Courtenay Provincial Court
    Courtenay
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Cranbrook

  • Cranbrook Provincial Court
    Cranbrook
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Creston

  • Creston Provincial Court
    Creston
    BC
    Hours

    Phone Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Dawson Creek

  • Dawson Creek Provincial Court
    Dawson Creek
    Dawson Creek
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Duncan

  • Duncan Court
    Provincial Court
    Duncan
    BC
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm, call 1-844-929-6275
    For urgent matters on other days: 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Duncan Court
    Supreme Court
    Duncan
    BC
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm, call 1-844-929-6275
    For urgent matters on other days: 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Fernie

  • Fernie Provincial Court
    Fernie
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Fort Nelson

  • Fort Nelson (Family services)
    Fort Nelson
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Fort St. James

  • Fort St. James Provincial Court
    Fort St. James
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Fort St. John

  • Fort St. John Provincial Court
    Fort St. John
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

Golden

  • Golden Provincial Court
    Golden
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

Hazelton

  • Hazelton
    Hazelton
    BC
    Hours

    Thu: 9 am to 1 pm, call 250-842-8903
    Other days: 9 am to 3 pm, call the Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Invermere

  • Invermere Provincial Court
    Invermere
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

Kamloops

  • Kamloops
    Provincial Court
    Kamloops
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, and Wed: 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4pm - call Kamloops legal aid office at 250-377-1725

    Thu & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm - call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Kamloops
    Supreme Court
    Kamloops
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, and Wed: 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4pm - call Kamloops legal aid office at 250-377-1725

    Thu & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm - call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Kelowna

  • Kelowna
    Provincial Court
    Kelowna
    BC
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm, call 250-870-8952

  • Kelowna
    Supreme Court
    Kelowna
    BC
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm, call 250-870-8952

Lillooet

  • Lillooet Provincial Court
    Lillooet
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Masset

Merritt

  • Merritt Provincial Court
    Merritt
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Nanaimo

  • Nanaimo Justice Access Centre
    Nanaimo
    BC
    Phone
    250-741-5447 or 1-800-578-8511
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 8 am to 5:30 pm

  • Nanaimo Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Nanaimo
    BC
    V9R 5J1
    Hours

    Call the Nanaimo Justice Access Centre at 250-741-5447

Nelson

  • Nelson Provincial Court
    Nelson
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

New Westminster

  • New Westminster Law Courts
    Provincial Court - Begbie Square
    New Westminster
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 604-775-0628

  • New Westminster Law Courts
    Supreme Court - Begbie Square
    New Westminster
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 604-775-0628

North Vancouver

  • North Vancouver Provincial Court
    North Vancouver
    BC
    Phone
    604-660-1508
    Hours

    Call the Vancouver Family Duty Counsel office at 604-660-1508
    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm

Penticton

  • Penticton Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Penticton
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Penticton legal aid office at 250-493-7164

    For urgent matters, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

  • Penticton Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Penticton
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Penticton legal aid office at 250-493-7164

    For urgent matters, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

Port Alberni

  • Port Alberni Law Courts
    Port Alberni Provincial Court
    Port Alberni
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Nanaimo Justice Access Centre at 250-741-5447

  • Port Alberni Law Courts
    Port Alberni Supreme Court
    Port Alberni
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Nanaimo Justice Access Centre at 250-741-5447

Port Coquitlam

  • Port Coquitlam Provincial Court
    Port Coquitlam
    BC
    Hours

    Tue, Wed, Thu: 9 am to 4 pm, call 604-603-5547
    Mon & Fri (urgent matters only) from 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Port Hardy

  • Port Hardy Provincial Court
    Port Hardy
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Powell River

  • Powell River Provincial Court
    Powell River
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Prince George

  • Prince George Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Prince George
    BC
    Hours

    Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am to 4 pm, call 250-552-6085
    Mon & Wed (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Prince George Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Prince George
    BC
    Hours

    Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am to 4 pm, call 250-552-6085
    Mon & Wed (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm, call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Prince Rupert

  • Prince Rupert Provincial Court
    Prince Rupert
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Terrace Regional Centre at 250-635-2133 or 1-800-787-2511

Quesnel

  • Quesnel Provincial Court
    Quesnel
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Revelstoke

  • Revelstoke Provincial Court
    Revelstoke
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Richmond

  • Richmond Provincial Court
    Richmond
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Vancouver Family Duty Counsel office at 604-660-1508
    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm

Rossland

  • Rossland Provincial Court
    Rossland
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Salmon Arm

  • Salmon Arm Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Salmon Arm
    BC
    Hours

    Mon. Wed,, Thu: 9 am to 1 pm - call 250-545-3666
    Tue & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm - call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Salmon Arm Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Salmon Arm
    BC
    Hours

    Mon. Wed,, Thu: 9 am to 1 pm - call 250-545-3666
    Tue & Fri (urgent matters only): 9 am to 3 pm - call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Sechelt

  • Sechelt Provincial Court
    Sechelt
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Smithers

  • Smithers Provincial Court
    Smithers
    BC
    Hours

    Thu: 9 am to 1 pm, call 250-842-8903
    Other days: call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    9 am to 3 pm

Sparwood

  • Sparwood
    Sparwood
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri — 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed — 9 am to 2:30 pm

Surrey

  • Surrey Provincial Court
    Surrey
    BC
    V3X 3P1
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm, call the Family Duty Counsel office at 604-572-2204

Terrace

  • Terrace Provincial Court
    Terrace
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Terrace Regional Centre at 250-635-2133 or 1-800-787-2511

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Law Courts - Robson Square
    Provincial Court
    Vancouver
    BC
    Phone
    604-660-1508
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 604-660-1508

  • Vancouver Law Courts - Robson Square
    Supreme Court FDC services
    Vancouver
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 604-660-1508
    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm

Vanderhoof

  • Vanderhoof Provincial Court
    Vanderhoof
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Vanderhoof legal aid office at 250-567-2800

Vernon

  • Vernon Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Vernon
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Wed, Thu: 9 am to 1 pm, call 250-545-3666
    Tue & Fri (urgent matters only), 9 am to 3 pm: call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

  • Vernon Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Vernon
    BC
    Hours

    Mon, Wed, Thu: 9 am to 1 pm, call 250-545-3666
    Tue & Fri (urgent matters only), 9 am to 3 pm: call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525

Victoria

  • Victoria Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    Victoria
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 250-356-7035

  • Victoria Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    Victoria
    BC
    Hours

    Call the Family Duty Counsel office at 250-356-7035

Williams Lake

  • Williams Lake Provincial Courthouse
    Williams Lake
    BC
    Hours

    Call Family LawLINE at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9 am to 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 2:30 pm

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