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I have no lawyer. What do I need to know?

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Nov 4, 2021

You need to understand that representing yourself in court or at a hearing can be time consuming, emotional, and stressful. So, it is important to take care of yourself throughout the process, as well as to be patient and determined.

Court and tribunals are formal legal processes with specific rules. You are expected to know the rules and to be prepared for each hearing. You need to be an expert in your case. You need to spend time to get organized, know the law, build your case and be prepared.

Information from these websites will help you learn the legal process and prepare your case.

You should try to meet with a lawyer at the very start to get guidance on how to proceed with your case. See “How can I get free legal advice in BC?

Before you start complete court forms to start a case, you need to figure out what your case is about. To do this, you’ll need to learn learn about the law, build your case and present at hearings and trial. You need to understand parts of the law and how the law applies to the facts of your case. You need to conduct legal research, be organized with your evidence and documents, and help the judge understand your reasons for going to trial. The information provided in the questions below will help.