CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: Legal aid now by phone only
To protect clients and employees from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Legal Aid BC is providing phone-only services. But we are still here to help you. Find out how below.
To apply for legal aid
To apply for legal aid, contact us at 604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525. Or, if you live in a community where there is a local agent, call the agent's office to apply for legal aid. See Service locations for contact information.
Child protection services at Parents Legal Centres
If you have a child protection matter and there's a Parents Legal Centre in your community, call the office to receive help by phone. See Service locations for contact information.
Family advice services
Duty counsel family advice services are now available by phone only. Lawyers won't be available at courthouses or Justice Access Centres. For phone numbers and hours of service, please see family duty counsel lawyers and family advice lawyers.
Criminal legal services
Contact our Provincial Call Centre or your local legal aid location if you need help with criminal law matters. If you qualify for assistance from a lawyer on an on-going basis, you will be referred to a lawyer. If you do not qualify for ongoing assistance but need help with your case before you return to court, we can arrange for a lawyer to speak with you on the phone.
In-custody clients will be assisted by duty counsel. All bail hearings will be conducted by telephone and video.
General legal aid information
Our community partners around the province can help you get legal aid information. See Service locations for contact information.
We also encourage you to take advantage of our online and other phone services:
We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. We will keep you notified of any further changes to legal aid services.
We have a range of free services that may help you. We give priority to people with low incomes, but many services are available to all British Columbians. We offer:
- information provided by:
- advice from:
- representation (find out more) if you qualify and have:
- serious family problems;
- child protection matters;
- criminal law issues; or
- some immigration, mental health, and prison law issues.
Apply for legal aid by phone.