If you cannot or prefer not to seek a lawyer's help with your legal problem, you may always research solutions yourself. BC offers a great number of online resources to help you access the materials, forms and knowledge you need to resolve your legal problem.
Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice in BC. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public from over 24 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.
JusticeBC contains easily accessible information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system, and what services and resources are available.
Justice Education Society of BC
JES creates innovative programs and resources that improve access to justice in BC. JES offers over 50 legal publications, 28 websites and more than 50 instructional videos on issues relating to BC’s justice system. Their programs and resources serve the public, teachers, youth, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and immigrants.
People’s Law School
The People’s Law School delivers public legal education and information to British Columbians for the purpose of increasing awareness and understanding of legal rights and responsibilities. Among other things, it publishes plain language content on legal topics, offers public legal information in multiple media formats, and provides seminars on legal topics such as employment, criminal and consumer law.
Family Law in BC
Family Law in BC is a legal information website that provides information and resources covering a range of family law issues. It includes self-help guides, fact sheets, current family law information and resources, and links to useful related sites. The website is maintained by the Legal Aid BC.
CanLII’s website is recognized as the largest online resource providing free access to case law and legal documents from Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments for both legal professionals and the public. CanLII is now an essential component of the legal information system in Canada.
PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in BC and Canada. It collects relevant news and resources of use to advocates, community workers, marginalized communities and the public.
Courts of BC
The Courts of BC website provides information and resources relevant to the three levels of court in BC; the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. The BC Superior Courts consist of the BC Court of Appeal and the BC Supreme Court. Appeals from the Court of Appeal go to the Supreme Court of Canada, which is located in Ottawa. The Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court, and Tax Court of Canada also have jurisdiction in BC.
Cliquez Justice (French Only)
Cliquezjustice.ca offers legal information to all French Canadians to help them face various life situations, such as a divorce, buying or selling a house, bullying at school, etc.