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Richmond Low Income Resource Directory

Law & Justice

The Law & Justice section lists things like free legal advice, legal aid, and advocacy help.

If what you are looking for isn't found in the list below, try:

  1. Looking in the  Financial & Tax ServicesHousing, and  Seniors (Services for) categories;
  2. Searching the larger Richmond Community Services Directory; or
  3. Contacting  Volunteer Richmond Information Services.


Access Pro Bono
300-845 Cambie St.
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 4Z9   (Map)
Web site: www.accessprobono.ca
Phone:  604-482-3195
Fax:  604-893-8934
Toll Free:  1-877-762-6664
E-mail: help@accessprobono.ca

All services are free to those who cannot afford a lawyer or obtain Legal Aid through pro bono clinics throughout BC. Lawyers do not represent in court but will give advice when a 30-minute appointment is made. Richmond clinics are at Chimo Community Services (120 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard; 604-279-7077). Call to make an appointment.

Program(s):
Roster Program
Provides pro bono legal representation services to individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means.
Summary Advice Clinic
Lawyers volunteer for two hours each month as they advise people in up to four half-hour appointments. Contact for more information.
Vancouver Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Project
On a yearly or twice yearly basis, lawyers provide legal assistance and representation to unrepresented low and modest income litigants appearing in civil chambers at both Supreme Court and Court of Appeal levels.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BC CEAS)
380 - 1199 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 2R1   (Map)
Web site: www.bcceas.ca
TDD:  604-428-3359
E-mail: info@bcceas.ca

Works to raise awareness, and to prevent and respond to elder abuse and neglect. Provides information, support, advocacy and legal representation for older adults age 55+; and victim services for people age 50+. Offers free financial literacy and elder abuse prevention workshops and training for community groups.

Program(s):
Education and Workshops
Web site: http://bcceas.ca/programs/education-outreach/workshops-presentations/workshop-request/
Phone:  604-622-1927
E-mail: lchen@bcceas.ca
Offer free training and workshops on financial literacy and elder abuse prevention to community groups. Funded by the Province of BC - Community Gaming Grant.
Legal Programs (Elder Law Clinic and Legal Advocacy Program)
Provide free legal advice, advocacy and representation to people aged 55+ who are not able to access legal help due to low income or other barriers on legal issues involving housing, debt, government benefits, financial exploitation, guardianship/capacity, abuse/neglect, and discrimination. Funded by the Law Foundation of BC. Call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL).
Victim Services Program
Web site: www.victimlinkbc.ca
Phone:  604-437-1940
Toll Free:  1-866-437-1940
Provides information, support and referrals to people aged 50+ who are victims of abuse, including family and sexual violence. Funded by the Province of BC - Ministry of Justice, Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division. Call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL). Call 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 8am to 8pm daily (except holidays). Language interpretation is available 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).

BC Human Rights Coalition
1202 - 510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1L8   (Map)
Web site: www.bchrcoalition.org
Phone:  604-689-8474
Fax:  604-689-7511
Toll Free:  1-877-689-8474
E-mail: info@bchrcoalition.org

Dedicated to promoting strengthened human rights throughout BC and Canada. Runs an advocacy program that protects existing rights, an education program that prevents discrimination, and engages in law reform work to expand human rights protection. In addition, the Coalition also forms part of Human Rights Clinic.

Program(s):
Human Rights Clinic
In partnership with the Community Legal Assistance Society, the Clinic offers services and public legal education. Provides information and advice about human rights issues, offers assistance in pursuing a complaint under the BC Human Rights Code, and represents complainants before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Services are free. Apply to the clinic for representation. Personal help can be obtained on Mondays at the Tribunal from a Clinic Advocate.

BC Vital Statistics Agency
605 Robson Street, Room 250
PO Box 9657, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 9P3
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.vs.gov.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-2937
Toll Free:  1-888-876-1633

Gives information about registering and ordering certificates for birth, death, or marriage. The website gives information about legal name changes, adoptions, genealogical services, and search of wills and registry.


bc211
330 - 111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1H4   (Map)
Web site: www.bc211.ca
Fax:  604-660-9415
TDD:  604-875-0885
Toll Free:  211
E-mail: help@bc211.ca
Program(s):
VictimLINK BC
Web site: www.victimlinkbc.ca
Toll Free:  1-800-563-0808
E-mail: help@bc211.ca
A 24-hour, toll-free confidential phone line that gives help 7 days a week to victims of crime in BC and Yukon. Staff can give information and referral services or crisis support.

Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5T3   (Map)

The Canadian Bar Association offers the following programs to the public.

Program(s):
Dial-A-Law
Web site: www.dialalaw.org
10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6B 5T3   (Map)
Phone:  604-687-4680
Fax:  604-669-9601
Toll Free:  1-800-565-5297
E-mail: dialalaw@bccba.org
A free service offering transcripts prepared by lawyers to give information on topics of law in BC. Transcripts are offered in English, Chinese, and Punjabi, and available by telephone and online. Transcripts are available in audio format online as well.
Lawyer Referral Service
Web site: www.lrsbc.org
10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6B 5T3   (Map)
Phone:  604-687-3221
Fax:  604-669-9601
Toll Free:  1-800-663-1919
E-mail: lawyerreferral@bccba.org
This service refers you to a lawyer who will discuss your legal problem with you for $25 (plus tax) for 30 minutes. Normal rates apply if you need more than 30 minutes. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Chimo Community Services (formerly CHIMO Community Services)
120 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.chimoservices.com
Phone:  604-279-7077
Fax:  604-279-7075
E-mail: chimo@chimoservices.com

Helps people in need by providing support services. Free services for residents, newcomers, and refugees including employment, housing, identity documents benefits and pension applications, counseling, support groups, crisis line, family violence support, law clinics, prevention workshops, tax clinic, and legal support.

Program(s):
Neighbourhood Pro Bono Law Clinics
Professionals offer legal advice to people who cannot afford a lawyer. Clinics cover family, immigration, criminal, civil, and personal injury law.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 4G1   (Map)
Web site: www.clasbc.net
Phone:  604-685-3425
Fax:  604-685-7611
Toll Free:  1-888-685-6222

Offers legal help to people who are disadvantaged either mentally, socially, physically, economically, or in any other way.

Program(s):
BC Human Rights Clinic
Web site: www.clasbc.net/human_rights_clinic.php
Provides free legal representation for people in British Columbia who have an upcoming human rights hearing before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Offers free weekly informational clinics for those who do not qualify for representation or who want to represent themselves.
Community & Disability Law
Web site: www.clasbc.net/community_and_disability_law_program.php
Provides legal advice and representation in areas including housing, income security, WCB, and EI.

Courthouse Libraries BC
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6Z 2E1   (Map)
Web site: www.courthouselibrary.ca
Phone:  604-660-2841
Fax:  604-660-2821
Toll Free:  1-800-665-2570
E-mail: librarian@courthouselibrary.ca
Program(s):
Clicklaw
Web site: www.clicklaw.bc.ca
E-mail: editor@clicklaw.bc.ca
Features legal information and education for the public in BC. Gives information about legal rights and ways to solve problems, as well as starting points for common questions. There is also HelpMap, a search tool to find someone in your community who can help with legal problems.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
402 East Columbia Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 3X1   (Map)
Web site: www.elizabethfry.com
Phone:  604-520-1166
Fax:  604-520-1169
Toll Free:  1-888-879-9593
E-mail: info@elizabethfry.com

Works with women and youth involved with the Criminal and Social Justice Systems. Provides housing, support, and lay counselling for women, children, and youth to help them improve their lives. Programs and services help build healthy and safe communities for all.


Family Duty Counsel
7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J2   (Map)
Web site: www.lss.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9311

Lawyers paid by the Legal Services Society help people with lower incomes with their family law problems. This is a drop-in service and people are helped on a first come, first served basis. Drop-ins are on Thursday, with legal assistance offered from 9:00am to 12:00PM, and family advice from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Law Students' Legal Advice Society - Greater Vancouver
c/o UBC Faculty of Law, 1822 East Mall
Vancouver,  BC    V6T 1Z1   (Map)
Web site: www.lslap.bc.ca
Phone:  604-822-5791
Fax:  604-822-1661
E-mail: pr@lslap.bc.ca

Run by law students at UBC, the program gives free legal advice and legal representation at clinics throughout Greater Vancouver. Call to book an appointment or find a walk-in clinic. Ask about services available in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Program(s):
LSLAP Manual
A guide to law is published every year and is on the website. Call or fax to order a paper copy.

Legal Services Society
300 - 8055 Anderson Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1S2   (Map)
Web site: www.lss.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9311
Fax:  604-273-9365
Toll Free:  1-866-577-2525
E-mail: parsonagelaw@telus.net

Provides legal help for people in BC who cannot afford a lawyer and are eligible for legal aid.

Program(s):
Family Law in BC Website
Web site: www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca
Learn what to do about a family law problem, such as having a child removed from your home, separation, divorce, child custody, and more.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
PO Box 9044 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9E2   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/justice
Phone:  250-387-1866
Fax:  250-387-6411

Oversees law and justice in government. The Honourable Peter MacKay is the Attorney General.


Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
1103 - 4720 Kingsway
Burnaby,  BC    V5H 4N2   (Map)
Web site: www.mssociety.ca
Phone:  604-689-3144
Fax:  604-689-0377
Toll Free:  1-800-268-7582
E-mail: info.bc@mssociety.ca

Gives information and support, equipment, education and advocacy to people with MS and their families.

Program(s):
Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program
Lawyers and trained volunteers work to meet the legal and advocacy needs of low-income people with MS. Financial criteria apply.

Residential Tenancy Office - Lower Mainland Office North
400 - 5021 Kingsway Avenue
Burnaby,  BC    V5H 4A5   (Map)
Web site: www.rto.gov.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-1020
Toll Free:  1-800-665-8779
E-mail: hsrto@gov.bc.ca

Gives out information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancy Act. Tries to improve communication between the two sides and offers services to help settle disputes. There are offices in Burnaby and Vancouver.


Richmond Family Justice Centre
215 - 7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J3   (Map)
Web site: www.justicebc.ca/en/fam/index.html
Phone:  604-660-3511
Fax:  604-660-3640
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867

Offers help to families going through separation or divorce with issues relating to child custody, access, guardianship, and child or spousal support. Family Justice Counsellors are trained to help families to try to solve problems out of court. A program of the BC Ministry of Justice, family justice centres offer services for free.


Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) - Richmond Detachment
11411 No.5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 4E8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/safety/police.htm
Phone:  604-278-1212

Provides policing services to the community and carries out crime prevention programs.


Salvation Army - Richmond Corps
8280 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3W7   (Map)
Web site: www.salvationarmyrichmond.org
Phone:  604-277-2424
Fax:  604-277-2443
E-mail: richsa@telus.net

An international Christian charity that helps people in need, including families in crisis, single parents, children, seniors, and those experiencing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and abuse.

Program(s):
Advocacy Program
Volunteers help people in need to get the correct services.
Family Tracing Service
Phone:  778-834-8107
Traces missing persons through Salvation Army branches locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Tenants' Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)
Web site: www.tenants.bc.ca
Phone:  604-255-0546
Toll Free:  1-800-665-1185
E-mail: info@tenants.bc.ca

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant by calling the free Tenant Infoline.


The People's Law School
150 - 900 Howe Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6Z 2M4   (Map)
Web site: www.publiclegaled.bc.ca
Phone:  604-331-5400
Fax:  604-331-5401
E-mail: info@publiclegaled.bc.ca

Gives British Columbians, especially those with special needs, information about the laws that affect their lives. Offers free law classes and publications in many languages.