Resources

Victims Info
If you are a victim of crime, or saw a crime happen, this website will show you what will happen before, during and after you go to court. Most of the website’s content is in English. Some information, including links to organizations that can help you, is in French, Spanish, Punjabi, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

VictimLINK
VictimLINK is a toll-free, confidential telephone service (1-800-563-0808) that provides immediate crisis support for victims of family and sexual violence. The service is available in 110 languages. It also provides help for all victims of crime.

The Arrest Handbook
This publication explains what you can expect from the police if you are arrested, and how you can respond if you feel the police do not act properly. Also available in Arabic and Spanish.

Dial-A-Law Criminal Law Scripts
The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association has prepared a number of helpful audio and text scripts – most are available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. To listen to a script on the telephone, call 604-687-3221 (Vancouver) or toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1919. The website provides text versions of the scripts as well as print friendly versions.

Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial
This booklet explains what can happen when you plead not guilty to a summary offence. It does not try to cover every trial situation, but provides helpful information if you are representing yourself in Provincial Court. The first part of the handbook provides information about court processes before your trial. The second part explains what will happen at your trial.

What To Do If You Are Charged with Assault
This guide describes what normally happens if you are charged with assault. It describes what assault is, what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty. Available in English and French.

What To Do If You Are Charged with a Drinking and Driving Offence
This guide describes what normally happens when you are charged with drinking and driving. It covers what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty.

For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
This booklet contains information for women in relationships who need protection from violence or the threat of violence. Also available in Chinese (Simplified) and Punjabi.

Court Codes
This document contains codes and abbreviations used in criminal court forms and applications.

Your Voice in Criminal Court
Your Voice in Criminal Court is a video that helps introduce adult witnesses to Provincial Court by offering general discussion points on a variety of court-related topics. Victim service workers, Crown lawyers and other professionals are also encouraged to use this video to support adult victims and witnesses through the criminal court process.

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More Criminal Law Resources

What You Need to Know About Affidavits
This self-help resource provides information and instructions for creating an affidavit. It also contains an example affidavit. More details
Your Rights Under BC's Mental Health Act
This pamphlet helps people who are involuntarily hospitalized (certified) under BC’s Mental Health Act understand their rights. It is meant to be a supplement to Form 13. More details
An Inside Look at Family Mediation
An 8½-minute video clip excerpted from a 2-DVD set created by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Using the fictional case of Dean and Saya, a couple separating after 17 years of marriage, this video introduces mediation in family law cases and how it works. More details
Going through separation
Describes separation in BC and gives information on mediation, what to take with you when you separate, and how to prove you're separated if you have to keep living with your ex-spouse. More details
Court orders & hearings
Explains many of the court orders and hearings for the child protection process. Describes the Report to Court, access order, consent order, interim supervision orders, temporary supervision orders, and continuing custody order. More details
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