Navigating Legal Issues
Navigating legal issues can be stressful and expensive. Fortunately there are free options available here on the Sunshine Coast and others than we can refer you to
Legal Information Program
The coordinator is available to meet with you and to assist you with calling the Legal Aid Call Centre in order to complete an application for Legal Aid. He can also provide many legal publications, as well as internet access to the various websites containing a wealth of information about a variety of law related issues including:
- child protection
- First Nations
- landlord-tenant issues
To connect with this program please call Program Coordinator, Alick Troup at 604.989.4945 or email him using the form at the bottom of this page.
Pro Bono Legal Clinics
Thanks to the generosity of Gibsons lawyer Alison Sawyer, the Resource Centre is once again able to host free half hour legal consultations. Although this is a free service, YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT THROUGH THE RESOURCE CENTRE. (See details below.) To get more information or make an appointment, please call Program Coordinator, Alick Troup at 604.989.4945 or email him using the form at the bottom of this page.
Clinics will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Gibsons & District Public Library. The Spring 2017 dates are:
- Thursday April 13
- Thursday, May 11
- Thursday, June 8
To Book a Legal Consultation
Book an appointment for one of the dates by calling the Resource Centre (604.989.4945 or Access Justice 604.878.7400. You will be asked for your personal contact information, the nature of your legal issue, and the following qualifying questions:
- Is your household income below the amounts at this qualification link? (no proof required – honour system)
- Do you have a legal problem?
- Are you currently receiving legal aid for this issue (if so not eligible)
Arrive for your appointment a few minutes ahead of time. A volunteer will greet you and have you complete an intake form.
The lawyer will meet with you for 30 minutes in a confidential space. To get the most out of the appointment come prepared with questions and any relevant information.
The lawyer will provide you with a copy of notes from the meeting and suggest follow up if needed.
Landlord or Tenant Problems?
The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre and the Justice Education Society have launched a free online course for tenants called Renting it Right. Designed for first-time renters, the course guides BC residents through the rental process. You don’t need to be a new tenant to pick up some very useful information on a wide range of topics, such as submitting a strong rental application, landlord and tenant rights, and resolving disputes.