Media Contacts

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Justice
250 213-3602


Pilot projects promote early, out-of-court resolution

Parents Legal Centre for child protection matters – Counsel and a legal advocate are providing information, advice, and representation services to parents to assist them in collaborative processes, where appropriate, to resolve their child protection issues. It is currently located at the Vancouver Law Courts, Robson Square, and will be expanding to add a location in Surrey in 2017-18.

Expanded Criminal Duty Counsel – Located at the Port Coquitlam courthouse, expanded criminal duty counsel supports early resolution in less-complex criminal cases by aiding qualified clients until resolution or the setting of a trial date by the same duty counsel.  

Expanded Family Duty Counsel – A full-time lawyer and administrative assistant co-ordinate duty counsel and legal advice services at the Victoria Justice Access Centre to provide clients with continuity of advice and assist with coaching to help people resolve matters earlier. This service also is available at Vancouver’s JAC. 

Expanded Family LawLINE – Family lawyers provide legal advice to clients throughout the province over the phone and by email. Service expansion includes increased hours, enhanced use of technology and allows clients greater continuity of service.