The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to helping lawyers do their jobs better and advocating on their behalf, as well as to improving the administration of justice and helping Canadians obtain access to the legal system.
Media Contact Guide
The Media Contact Guide is a listing of key spokespersons in various areas of law at the Canadian Bar Association. It is a valuable resource for preparing news stories, editorials, forums or broadcasts about or involving the law or the legal profession. The guide is available free of charge to accredited media. To request an electronic copy, please send your name, media outlet and address to email@example.com. You may also have a hard copy of the booklet by request.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our helpful collection of FAQs can provide a quick answer to many common queries, including:
- finding a lawyer or obtaining legal aid in your area
- raising questions or concerns about a particular lawyer
- requirements for foreign students/lawyers looking to gain accreditation in Canada
- information on Canadian law schools
- general information on Canada's justice and court systems
For answers to these queries and more, please consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Other resources for the public and media:
BC Lawyers' Directory
The Branch annually publishes the BC Lawyers' Directory, a comprehensive and up-to-date listing, both alphabetically and geographically, of all lawyers including corporate counsel and lawyers in government. Extensive listings of law related organizations, courts, judges, commissions and other professional services make the Directory an invaluable resource. Members can also be included in the special advertising feature “Preferred Area of Practice” for a nominal fee.
Biography and contact information of the Branch president.
Biographies and contact information of CBABC Executive Committee members.
CBA & CBABC Awards
The CBA presents a number of awards and scholarships to recognize exceptional achievements in various areas related to the law.
A Client's Guide to Litigation
A new publication by David Roberts, QC offers an invaluable, easy-to-read resource for clients.
Access a library of pre-recorded phone messages prepared by lawyers - available here online as handy information sheets - that provide practical information on the law in British Columbia. A free, convenient and easy way for you to learn about the law and your rights as a resident of British Columbia. Now available in Chinese and Punjabi.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our collection of Frequently Asked Questions can provide a quick answer to such common questions as how to find a lawyer, how to raise questions or concerns about a particular lawyer, and where to access information on Canada's legal system.
CBABC office address and contact information, and information for key contacts.
A public legal education program that provides an opportunity for young people and adults to become familiarized with the Canadian legal system. In celebration of Law Week, a number of events such as mock trials, free legal classes, citizenship ceremonies, courthouse tours, public speaking contests and essay contests for high school students will be held throughout British Columbia.
Lawyer Referral Service
The purpose of the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is to assist the public in selecting the most appropriate resource for assistance with legal problems. Last year, LRS referred more than 32,000 clients to LRS member lawyers. In operation since 1955, LRS is a non-profit program that provides referrals province-wide in every area of law. Lawyers provide LRS clients with an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes for a nominal fee of $25. LRS is a service operated by the CBABC and funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.
Legal Aid Resources
Legal aid, law reform and access to justice are very much on the public mind these days. To assist the public and media in researching these important issues, the CBABC Legal Aid Committee has collected information, research and other resources.
There are a number of organizations in British Columbia that provide legal information, services and advice to the public and the legal profession.
Legal Links & Law Blogs
Access an index with links to CBA Branches, law libraries, courts and judiciary, government, law schools, pro bono services, law blogs and more.
Current and archived news releases from the BC Branch, organized chronologically and dating back to 1998.
Online Classified Ads
CBABC offers you competitive pricing for ads that reach the legal community!
Volunteer Registry & Legal Speakers Bureau
The Volunteer Registry connects lawyers who are interested in volunteering their services with charitable organizations in need of their legal expertise. Lawyers are available to serve as board and committee members or provide short-term pro bono legal advice and services. Does your group need information about the law? If your group consists of 15 people or more, the Legal Speakers Bureau will provide your group with a qualified volunteer speaker at no cost.