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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 contact / access,
  • guardianship / custody,
  • 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.

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.

On list days, Provincial Court FDC are available on a drop-in basis.

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, look in the blue pages of your phone book under "Government of British Columbia — Court Services."

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 Provincial Court

508 Yellowhead Highway
Burns Lake, BC

Phone: 250-692-7711

Hours:
Thu: 9 am to 1 pm; one Thursday per month - call for dates

Campbell River Provincial Court

500 - 13th Avenue
Campbell River, BC

Phone: 250-286-7510

Hours:
Tue: 9 am to 1 pm

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

Western Communities Court (Colwood)

1756 Island Highway
Victoria
Colwood, BC

Phone: 250-391-2867

Hours:
Mon: call for times

Courtenay Provincial Court

420 Cumberland Road
Courtenay, BC

Phone: 250-334-1115

Hours:
Wed: 9 am to 1 pm

Cranbrook Provincial Court

102 - 11th Avenue S.
Cranbrook, BC

Phone: 250-426-1234

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

Creston Provincial Court

224 - 10th Avenue
(Cranbrook Court Registry)
Creston, BC

Phone: 250-426-1234

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; once per month (call for dates)

Duncan Provincial Court
Provincial Court

238 Government Street
Duncan, BC

Phone: 250-746-1205

Hours:
Wed: 9 am to 1 pm

Duncan Provincial Court
Supreme Court

238 Government Street
Duncan, BC

Phone: 250-746-1227

Hours:
1st and 3rd Monday of each month: 12 pm to 4 pm

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 Provincial Court

672 – 7th Avenue W.
(Prince George Court Registry)
Fort St. James, BC

Phone: 250-614-2700

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; first Tuesday each month - call for dates

Fort St. John Provincial Court

10600 – 100th Street
Fort St. John, BC

Phone: 250-787-3231

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; once per month - call for dates

Golden Provincial Court

837 Park Drive
Golden, BC

Phone: 250-344-7581

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; one Thursday each month - call for dates

Grand Forks

250-362-7368
(Rossland Court Registry)
Grand Forks, BC

Phone: 250-362-7368

Hours:
Once every two to four months - call for dates

Hazelton

2210 West Highway 62
(Smithers Court Registry)
Hazelton, BC

Phone: 250-847-7376

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; once per month - call for dates.

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

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

Kelowna
Provincial Court

1355 Water Street
Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-762-3254

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

Kelowna
Supreme Court

1355 Water Street
Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-762-3254

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

Kitimat Provincial Court

603 Mountain View Square
(Terrace Court Registry)
Kitimat, BC

Phone: 250-638-2111

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; once per month - call for dates

Lillooet Provincial Court

615 Main Street (old courthouse)
(Kamloops Court Registry)
Lillooet, BC

Phone: 250-828-4344

Hours:
1 pm to 5 pm; call for dates

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 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 Justice Access Centre

302 – 65 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC

Phone: 250-741-5447
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511

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

See map

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

See map

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 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 Provincial Court

200 E. 23rd Street
North Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-981-0200

Hours:
Tue: 9 am to 4 pm

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 Law Courts
Port Alberni Provincial Court

2999 4th Avenue
Port Alberni, BC

Phone: 250-720-2424

Hours:
Wed: 9 am to 1 pm

Port Alberni Law Courts
Port Alberni Supreme Court

2999 4th Avenue
Port Alberni, BC

Phone: 250-720-2424

Hours:
First and third Tue: 1 pm to 3 pm

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 Provincial Court

9300 Trustee Road
Port Hardy, BC

Phone: 250-949-6122

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; second and fourth Thursday of the month

Powell River Provincial Court

6953 Alberni Street
Powell River, BC

Phone: 604-485-3630

Hours:
Most every other Tuesday: 1 pm (call to confirm)

Prince George Law Courts
Provincial Court

250 George Street
Prince George, BC

Phone: 250-614-2700

Hours:
One Friday each month (for respondents in FMEP or FMP matters). Call for hours.

Prince George Law Courts
Supreme Court

250 George Street
Prince George, BC

Phone: 250-614-2700

Hours:
Mon to Thu: 9am to 4pm

Prince Rupert Provincial Court

200 – 100 Market Place
Prince Rupert, BC

Phone: 250-624-7525

Hours:
Thu: 9 am to 4 pm

Quesnel Provincial Court

350 Barlow Avenue
Quesnel, BC

Phone: 250-992-4256

Hours:
One Wednesday per month: 9 am to 1 pm (call for dates)

Revelstoke Provincial Court

1123 Second Street W.
(Salmon Arm Court Registry)
Revelstoke, BC

Phone: 250-832-1610

Hours:
First Wednesday each month: 10 am to 2 pm

Richmond Provincial Court

7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond, BC

Phone: 604-660-6900

Hours:
Thu: 9 am to 3 pm

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 Law Courts
Provincial Court

550 2nd Avenue N.E.
Salmon Arm, BC

Phone: 250-832-1610

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm on remand days (once or twice per month) — call for dates

Salmon Arm Law Courts
Supreme Court

550 2nd Avenue N.E.
Salmon Arm, BC

Phone: 250-832-1610

Hours:
9 am to 4 pm; Two days each month — call for dates

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 Provincial Court

3793 Alfred Street
Smithers, BC

Phone: 250-847-7376

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

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)

See map

Terrace Provincial Court

200 – 3408 Kalum Street
Terrace, BC

Phone: 250-638-2111

Hours:
Wed: 9 am to 4 pm
Last Mon each month: 9 am to 4 pm

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)

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)

Vanderhoof Provincial Court

2440 Bute Avenue
(Prince George Court Registry)
Vanderhoof, BC

Phone: 250-614-2700

Hours:
Once per month - call for dates

Vernon Law Courts
Provincial Court

3001 – 27th Street
Vernon, BC

Phone: 250-549-5422

Hours:
Fri: call for times

Vernon Law Courts
Supreme Court

3001 – 27th Street
Vernon, BC

Phone: 250-549-5422

Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu: 9 am to 2 pm

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 Provincial Courthouse

540 Borland Street
Williams Lake, BC

Phone: 250-398-4301

Hours:
9 am to 1 pm; second and fourth Thursdays of each month (call for dates)

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