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

Gladue Report Guide: How to prepare and write a Gladue report
Plain language booklet for Gladue report writers outlines how to prepare and write effective reports to help Aboriginal people before the court receive fair treatment. Explains what’s in a report, how to gather information for it, and writing guidelines to follow. Includes a Gladue report template. More details
Your Welfare Rights: Welfare Benefits
This booklet gives basic information about monthly welfare benefits and supplements for housing, medical and dental, and other costs; how to apply for a supplement if your qualify; and how to appeal a ministry decision. Also includes where to get help if you have a problem getting benefits. More details
Property Assessment Appeal Board - Online Dispute Resolution
This service is available for you to appeal the property assessment of your residential properties. It allows you to have the option to resolve your appeal completely online. An online guide helps you understand the steps, the appeal issues, and how to determine whether you have a strong case. More details
The Registered Disability Savings Plan
This Help Sheet provides information about and details the benefits of opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). More details
Methadone Patients Rights Cards
In cooperation with BC Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM), Pivot has produced 15,000 methadone patients rights cards. Faced with systemic abuse and discrimination from unethical physicians, pharmacists and others, methadone patients across the province are standing up for their rights. More details
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