Legal Aid BC systems are undergoing an upgrade June 23 – 24. Staff will only be proceeding with matters that require immediate attention during this time. If your matter is not urgent, please call the following week. Your patience is appreciated.

Legal advice

If you don't qualify for representation by a legal aid lawyer, you may still be eligible for our legal advice services, including duty counsel.

Our free services include:

Criminal law

  • Duty counsel (lawyers at Provincial courthouses who provide advice about criminal charges, court procedures, and legal rights)
  • Brydges Line (toll-free telephone service for people arrested, detained, and under investigation)
  • Advice counsel (lawyers who provide telephone advice to people in custody awaiting a bail hearing)

Family law and child protection

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.

  • Duty counsel (lawyers at courthouses who provide advice to people representing themselves in court on family law and child protection matters, and guide them to fill out their forms)
  • Advice lawyers (lawyers at Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres who provide advice about parenting time, support, agreements, and child protection matters to people going through a separation or divorce)
  • Family LawLINE (telephone service where family lawyers provide advice about parenting time, support, agreements, and child protection matters)

Immigration law

  • Duty counsel (lawyers who provide advice for people in detention at the CBSA's enforcement centre)

To find out if you qualify for legal advice, see Do I qualify for legal advice?