Duty counsel lawyers for family law matters

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
    170 Cedar Avenue
    (Williams Lake Court Registry)
    100 Mile House
    BC
    Phone
    250-398-4301
    Hours

    Mon: 9am to noon, once per month on family list days - call for dates

Abbotsford

  • Abbotsford Provincial Court
    32203 S. Fraser Way
    Abbotsford
    BC
    Phone
    604-855-3200
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 4 pm
    Fri: 9 am to 1 pm

Burns Lake

  • Burns Lake Provincial Court
    508 Yellowhead Highway
    Burns Lake
    BC
    Phone
    250-692-7711
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 1 pm, twice per month on family list days - call for dates

Campbell River

  • Campbell River Provincial Court
    500 - 13th Avenue
    Campbell River
    BC
    Phone
    250-286-7510
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 12 pm

Chilliwack

  • Chilliwack Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    46085 Yale Road
    Chilliwack
    BC
    Phone
    604-795-8350
    Hours

    Every Wed: 9 am to 4 pm

  • Chilliwack Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    46085 Yale Road
    Chilliwack
    BC
    Phone
    604-795-8350
    Hours

    Mon: 9 am to 4 pm

Colwood

  • Western Communities Court (Colwood)
    1756 Island Highway
    Victoria
    Colwood
    BC
    Phone
    250-391-2867
    Hours

    Mon: 9 am to 3 pm

Courtenay

  • Courtenay Provincial Court
    420 Cumberland Road
    Courtenay
    BC
    Phone
    250-334-1115
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm

Cranbrook

  • Cranbrook Provincial Court
    102 - 11th Avenue S.
    Cranbrook
    BC
    Phone
    250-426-1234
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 3 pm, twice per month on family list days - call for dates

Creston

  • Creston Provincial Court
    224 - 10th Avenue
    (Cranbrook Court Registry)
    Creston
    BC
    Phone
    250-426-1234
    Hours

    9 am to 1 pm; once per month on family list days - call for dates

Dawson Creek

  • Dawson Creek Provincial Court
    Dawson Creek
    1201 – 103 Avenue
    Dawson Creek
    BC
    Phone
    250-784-2278
    Hours

    Alternate Wed: 9 am to 3 pm on family list days – call for dates

Duncan

  • Duncan Court
    Provincial Court
    238 Government Street
    Duncan
    BC
    Phone
    250-746-1205
    Hours

    Mon: 12 pm to 4 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm
    Fri: 9 am to 1 pm

  • Duncan Court
    Supreme Court
    238 Government Street
    Duncan
    BC
    Phone
    250-746-1227
    Hours

    Mon: 12 pm to 4 pm
    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm
    Fri: 9 am to 1 pm

Fernie

  • Fernie Provincial Court
    401 - 4th Avenue
    (Cranbrook Court Registry)
    Fernie
    BC
    Phone
    250-426-1234
    Hours

    On remand days - call for dates and times.

Fort St. James

  • Fort St. James Provincial Court
    672 – 7th Avenue W.
    (Prince George Court Registry)
    Fort St. James
    BC
    Phone
    250-614-2700
    Hours

    Mon: 9 am to 1 pm, twice per month on family list days - call for dates

Fort St. John

  • Fort St. John Provincial Court
    10600 – 100th Street
    Fort St. John
    BC
    Phone
    250-787-3231
    Hours

    Alternate Tue: 9 am to 3 pm on family list days - call for dates

Golden

  • Golden Provincial Court
    837 Park Drive
    Golden
    BC
    Phone
    250-344-7581
    Hours

    9 am to 1 pm, once per month on family list days (usually Tue) - call for dates

Hazelton

  • Hazelton
    2210 West Highway 62
    (Smithers Court Registry)
    Hazelton
    BC
    Phone
    250-847-7376
    Hours

    9 am to 1 pm; once per month on family list days usually Wed) - call for dates.

Invermere

  • Invermere Provincial Court
    645 - 7th Avenue
    Invermere
    BC
    Phone
    250-426-1234
    Hours

    9:30 am to 1:30 pm (MT); once per month on family list days - call for dates

Kamloops

  • Kamloops
    Provincial Court
    455 Columbia Street
    Kamloops
    BC
    Phone
    250-314-1900
    Hours

    Mon, Tue, and Wed: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4pm
    Thu: 9 am to 1 pm

  • Kamloops
    Supreme Court
    455 Columbia Street
    Kamloops
    BC
    Phone
    250-314-1900
    Hours

    Mon and Tue: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm
    Thu: 9 am to 1 pm

Kelowna

  • Kelowna
    Supreme Court
    1355 Water Street
    Kelowna
    BC
    Phone
    250-470-6999
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm
    Appointments available Thu and Fri

  • Kelowna
    Provincial Court
    1355 Water Street
    Kelowna
    BC
    Phone
    250-470-6999
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm
    Appointments available Thu and Fri

Lillooet

  • Lillooet Provincial Court
    615 Main Street (old courthouse)
    (Kamloops Court Registry)
    Lillooet
    BC
    Phone
    250-828-4344
    Hours

    once per month on family list days – call for dates

Masset

  • Masset Provincial Court
    1666 Orr Street
    Masset
    BC
    Phone
    250-626-5512
    Hours

    Call for dates and times

    (Or call Prince Rupert Court Registry at 250-624-7525)

Merritt

  • Merritt Provincial Court
    3420 Voght Street
    Merritt
    BC
    Phone
    250-314-1900
    Hours

    Once per month - call Kamloops legal aid office for dates and times

Nanaimo

  • Nanaimo Justice Access Centre
    302 – 65 Front Street
    Nanaimo
    BC
    Phone
    250-741-5447 or 1-800-578-8511
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: Call from 8 am to 5:30 pm to book an appointment

  • Nanaimo Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    35 Front Street
    Nanaimo
    BC
    V9R 5J1
    Hours

    Fri: 9 am to 12:30 pm; 2 pm to 4 pm
    For those required to attend court

Nelson

  • Nelson Provincial Court
    320 Ward Street
    Nelson
    BC
    Phone
    250-354-6170
    Hours

    9 am to 4 pm; once per month - call for dates

New Westminster

  • New Westminster Law Courts
    Provincial Court - Begbie Square
    651 Carnarvon Street
    New Westminster
    BC
    Phone
    604-775-0628
    Hours

    Call for appointment
    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm

  • New Westminster Law Courts
    Supreme Court - Begbie Square
    651 Carnarvon Street
    New Westminster
    BC
    Phone
    604-775-0628
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm

North Vancouver

  • North Vancouver Provincial Court
    200 E. 23rd Street
    North Vancouver
    BC
    Phone
    604-981-0200
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 4 pm

Penticton

  • Penticton Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    100 Main Street
    Penticton
    BC
    Phone
    250-492-1220
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 1 pm

  • Penticton Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    100 Main Street
    Room 116
    Penticton
    BC
    Phone
    250-492-1231
    Hours

    Thu: 9 am to 1 pm

Port Alberni

  • Port Alberni Law Courts
    Port Alberni Provincial Court
    2999 4th Avenue
    Port Alberni
    BC
    Phone
    250-720-2424
    Hours

    Alternate Tue: 9 am to 1 pm
    Thu: 9 am to 4 pm

  • Port Alberni Law Courts
    Port Alberni Supreme Court
    2999 4th Avenue
    Port Alberni
    BC
    Phone
    250-720-2424
    Hours

    Alternate Tue: 9 am to 1 pm

Port Coquitlam

  • Port Coquitlam Provincial Court
    2620 Mary Hill Road
    Offices 308 and 323
    Port Coquitlam
    BC
    Phone
    604-472-0648
    Hours

    Tue, Wed, Thu: 9 am to 4 pm (call for appointment)

Port Hardy

  • Port Hardy Provincial Court
    9300 Trustee Road
    Port Hardy
    BC
    Phone
    250-949-6122
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm, twice per month on family list days – call for dates

Powell River

  • Powell River Provincial Court
    6953 Alberni Street
    Powell River
    BC
    Phone
    604-485-3630
    Hours

    Tue: 9 am to 1 pm, twice per month on family list days – call for dates

Prince George

  • Prince George Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    250 George Street
    Prince George
    BC
    Phone
    250-614-2700
    Hours

    Mon to Fri 9 am to 4 pm

  • Prince George Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    250 George Street
    Prince George
    BC
    Phone
    250-614-2700
    Hours

    Mon to Wed, and Fri: 9 am to 4 pm

Prince Rupert

  • Prince Rupert Provincial Court
    200 – 100 Market Place
    Prince Rupert
    BC
    Phone
    250-624-7525
    Hours

    Thu: 9 am to 4 pm, twice per month – call for dates

Quesnel

  • Quesnel Provincial Court
    350 Barlow Avenue
    Quesnel
    BC
    Phone
    250-992-4256
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 4 pm, twice per month – call for dates

Revelstoke

  • Revelstoke Provincial Court
    1123 Second Street W.
    (Salmon Arm Court Registry)
    Revelstoke
    BC
    Phone
    250-832-1610
    Hours

    First Wed of each month: 9 am to 1 pm

Richmond

  • Richmond Provincial Court
    7577 Elmbridge Way
    Richmond
    BC
    Phone
    604-660-6900
    Hours

    Thu: 9 am to 3 pm

Rossland

  • Rossland Provincial Court
    2288 Columbia Avenue
    Rossland
    BC
    Phone
    250-362-7368
    Hours

    Once per month: 9 am to 4 pm (call for dates)

Salmon Arm

  • Salmon Arm Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    550 2nd Avenue N.E.
    Salmon Arm
    BC
    Phone
    250-832-1610
    Hours

    Wed: 9 am to 1 pm

  • Salmon Arm Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    550 2nd Avenue N.E.
    Salmon Arm
    BC
    Phone
    250-832-1610
    Hours

    Alternate Wed: 9 am to 1 pm — call for dates

Sechelt

  • Sechelt Provincial Court
    5480 Shorncliffe Avenue
    Sechelt
    BC
    Phone
    604-740-8929
    Hours

    Alternating Thursdays: 9 am to 4 pm
    Call to confirm dates

Smithers

  • Smithers Provincial Court
    3793 Alfred Street
    Smithers
    BC
    Phone
    250-847-7376
    Hours

    Two Thursdays per month, 9 am to 4 pm — call for dates

Sparwood

  • Sparwood
    132 Spruce Avenue
    Sparwood
    BC
    Phone
    250-426-1234
    Hours

    9:30 am to 1:30 pm (MT), approximately once every other month on family list days - call for dates

Surrey

  • Surrey Provincial Court
    14340 - 57th Avenue
    Surrey
    BC
    V3X 3P1
    Phone
    604-572-2204
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm (call for appointment)

Terrace

  • Terrace Provincial Court
    200 – 3408 Kalum Street
    Terrace
    BC
    Phone
    250-638-2111
    Hours

    First and third Tue. each month: 9 am to 4 pm – call for other dates

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Law Courts - Robson Square
    Supreme Court FDC services
    located at Provincial Court, Robson Square
    290 - 800 Hornby Street
    Vancouver
    BC
    Phone
    604-660-1508
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm (call for appointment)
    Tue, Thu, Fri: 1 pm to 2 pm (drop-in)
    Wed: 3 pm to 4 pm (drop-in)

  • Vancouver Law Courts - Robson Square
    Provincial Court
    290 – 800 Hornby Street
    Vancouver
    BC
    Phone
    604-660-1508
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm (call for appointment)
    Tue, Thu, Fri: 1 pm to 2 pm (drop-in)
    Wed: 3 pm to 4 pm (drop-in)

Vanderhoof

  • Vanderhoof Provincial Court
    2440 Bute Avenue
    (Prince George Court Registry)
    Vanderhoof
    BC
    Phone
    250-614-2700
    Hours

    Twice per month - call for dates

Vernon

  • Vernon Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    3001 – 27th Street
    Vernon
    BC
    Phone
    250-549-5422
    Hours

    Mon to Thu: 9 am to 2 pm
    Fri: 9 am to 1 pm

  • Vernon Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    3001 – 27th Street
    Vernon
    BC
    Phone
    250-549-5422
    Hours

    Mon to Thu: 9 am to 2 pm

Victoria

  • Victoria Law Courts
    Provincial Court
    850 Burdett Avenue
    Victoria
    BC
    Phone
    250-356-7035
    Hours

    Thur: 9 am to 4 pm

  • Victoria Law Courts
    Supreme Court
    225 – 850 Burdett Avenue
    Victoria
    BC
    Phone
    250-356-7035
    Hours

    Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm (call for an appointment)
    Mon, Tue, Wed, and Fri: 2 pm to 3 pm (drop-ins)

Williams Lake

  • Williams Lake Provincial Courthouse
    540 Borland Street
    Williams Lake
    BC
    Phone
    250-398-4301
    Hours

    9 am to 1 pm; second and fourth Thur. of each month (call for dates)

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