The Court Information Program for Immigrants eliminates language and cultural barriers and enhances access to the courts and to justice for immigrants and refugees. This is accomplished by providing information and referrals to the public, immigrants and refugees appearing in court as the accused, victims, witnesses, or parties involved in a civil suit.
Services are provided in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Hindi, French and Spanish.
CourtInformation.ca provides information on a variety of topics – from Canadian Law to BC Courts and Family Law. The website features numerous videos, links to online resources as well as translated information from the popular resource Learning About the Law in four languages:English, Chinese, Korean and Punjabi .
Our court workers:
Explain the documents associated with court
Help clients understand the legal terms of the justice system
Assist clients with court appearance process and court application
Provide clients with information on criminal, civil, youth and traffic court structure and procedures
Show clients the courtroom and explain the roles of court personnel
Provide pamphlets about the court system in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Punjabi
Facilitate educational workshops with community groups
Educate justice system personnel about language and cultural differences
Refer clients to and accept clients from government, non-government organizations and community agencies for additional and specialized assistance
Accompany and assist clients in the legal aid application process
This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.