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Do I need a lawyer to go to court?

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Nov 3, 2021

No. You can represent yourself in court. In fact, in most BC civil law cases less than $35,000, the majority of people represent themselves. About 50% of all family law cases that go to trial involve at least one side who represents themselves, without a lawyer.

Even if you are representing yourself, it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer. A lawyer can provide helpful information at every stage of the legal process. You can call the Lawyer Referral Service for a free 30-minute consultation with a lawyer. You might also look into whether you are eligible for a lawyer through Legal Aid BC, Access Pro Bono and BC Advocates.

At the start of your legal dispute and any time during the legal process, you can use Ask JES, which is a free service available on this website. You can call, chat live or text your question using the information in the green column on the right. Each year, Ask JES provides free answers to thousands of legal questions. Ask JES provides legal help information and referrals which can help you take the next step to move forward with your legal issue. For more options, see the Legal Help section of this website.

You can visit these court websites to find information and resources to prepare for court.