This guidebook provides general information about bringing an appeal in the BC Court of Appeal. It does not explain the law. Court staff (and this guidebook) can only give you legal information, not legal advice. They will tell you how to do something, but not whether you should do it or why you might want to do it. Legal advice must come from a lawyer.
Do you need a lawyer?
You do not have to be represented by a lawyer to appear in the Court of Appeal. But, if you represent yourself in court, it is wise to first meet with a lawyer and have him or her explain the law to you, and find out the best way to present your appeal.
You may also want to talk with a lawyer about how to settle your case by negotiating with the other party. He or she will explain your chances of winning or losing the appeal. There are many ways to get pro bono (free) advice or help with your case.
How to get free legal help
Many organizations provide free legal advice (pro bono) or for a reduced fee. The Access Probono website can help you find resources in your community. Help may also be available from duty counsel if you are appearing on a civil (non-family) chambers matter in the Court of Appeal in Vancouver. You can find out how to get free help from duty counsel by calling 604-603-5797 or visit the AccessProBono website.
Other legal organizations provide information about particular areas of law and the court system. You can find that information on the Court of Appeal’s website, under the link, “Self Represented Litigants”.