Legal Assistance

Elizabeth Fry Society

The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society is a non-profit society providing services to people who are or, or could be, criminalized, with an emphasis on the needs of women and youth.  The Society provides education, advocacy, capacity building and safe, secure affordable housing within an environment of respect for each person’s right to self-determination and freedom from discrimination.

 

  • Courtwork Program

    • Staff and trained volunteers help people facing criminal charges, involved in family court, who have family members attending court, and assist the general public by connecting them with Duty Counsel, explaining court procedures, providing support, and making referrals to other community services. Also works to help women who have been convicted or are charged with a criminal offense to reintegrate into the community; services include assistance with paperwork and documentation, legal aid applications, and making connections with families, as well as with the provision of hygiene packages and donated clothing suitable for court appearances.

Address: 827 Seymour Street. Kamloops, BC. V2C 2H6      

T: 250-374-2119 local 20

Website: http://www.kamloopsefry.com

  • Poverty Law Advocacy Program

    • Assists people who are or could be in conflict with the law, with an emphasis on women and youth. Works to foster positivity and fairness within the justice system, and greater understanding and community support for those impacted by it. Provides and advocates for safe, secure, and affordable housing. Lizzy's Closet provides clothing to women in need and assists with employment, education, legal needs, and emergency situations; open two Thursday mornings per month (usually on the first and third Thursday). Through Changing the Face of Poverty, service providers share information about programs and services and areas of need; meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Address: 827 Seymour Street. Kamloops, BC. V2C 2H6

Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, closed between 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for lunch.

T: 250-374-2119

Website: http://www.kamloopsefry.com

Family Law Resources

Duty Counsel (Family Law) – Kamloops

Family duty counsel (FDC) services are available to eligible people with low incomes who are representing themselves in court and dealing with family law matters. FDC can provide advice about custody, parenting time, contact/access, child support, child protection, guardianship, tentative settlement agreements, property (limited), and court procedures. FDC can speak on a client’s behalf in court on simple matters, give legal advice, attend case conferences, and assist in Supreme Court if the matter is simple, unopposed, or by consent. Priority is given to eligible people who are in court that day, either on the court list or to make emergency court applications. Once court ends, FDC may have time to provide advice on a drop-in basis to people who are not appearing in court that day. 

 

Hours of Operation: Monday–Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, closed between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM for lunch, and Thursday–Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM for urgent matters only.

Call Centre (legal aid applications): 1-866-577-2525

http://www.lss.bc.ca/legal_aid/familyDutyCounsel.php