Roster Program

The Roster Program provides pro bono representation services for particular case types to qualifying individuals and non-profit organizations. Client applications are screened by APB staff and volunteer coordinators, and then sent to a number of lawyers for their consideration. If a lawyer responds to the particular case, they choose the scope of their services. Insurance and disbursement coverage is made available to roster lawyers.

Barristers’ Program

The Barristers’ Program incorporates the former Court of Appeal Program, Federal Court Program and Judicial Program. It serves as a general litigation program for civil, criminal and administrative law matters, but does not cover BC Provincial Court or Supreme Court trials. Roster lawyers provide a variety of limited and extended litigation services, such as drafting court documents (e.g. petition, affidavits), researching and preparing written submissions, preparing chambers records and presenting legal arguments in court.

Family Law Program

Through the Family Law Program, roster lawyers provide assistance and representation to clients in such matters as drafting and arguing applications, conducting trials, mediating disputes, drafting separation agreements, and securing consent orders. Although the range of potential assistance is unlimited, the Family Law Program is specifically designed to enable pro bono assistance in the form of limited or “unbundled” tasks.

Refugee Program

The Refugee Program matches and supports volunteer lawyers with British Columbians (as individuals or groups) seeking to sponsor one or more refugees from Syria, Iraq or elsewhere. Roster lawyers provide free legal advice and assistance to self-identified sponsors for the benefit of the refugees as they seek to settle in British Columbia.

Wills & Estates Program

The Wills & Estates Program is designed to facilitate the provision of pro bono legal services in non-litigious estate matters, such as drafting wills, powers of attorney, committee agreements, and representation agreements.