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This guidebook is not legal advice

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.

Many organizations provide legal advice for free (pro bono) or for a reduced fee. The Access Pro Bono website can help you find resources in your community. You will also receive a referral to a pro-bono lawyer through the Access Pro Bono Appeals program when you file your Notice of Appeal. You can also find out how to get free help from duty counsel by calling 778-357-1300 or visiting the AccessProBono website.

Other legal organizations provide information about particular areas of law and the court system. You can find that information under the Legal Help pageof this website

Legally reviewed: 2020/ Apr