Self-help guides

CLAS has created several guides, kits and information sheets to help you learn about your legal rights, work within the legal system and represent yourself.

Guides and Kits

Judicial Review Guides: This site will help you represent yourself in a judicial review. It provides an overview of the judicial review process, along with information on preparing and filing your petition and affidavit.

Challenging A Decision About Your Canada Pension Plan Or Old Age Security Benefits: Reconsideration and the Social Security Tribunal: This guide outlines how you can challenge a decision that you disagree with about your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security (OAS) claim.

Challenging A Decision About Your Employment Insurance Claim: Reconsideration and the Social Security Tribunal: This guide describes how you can challenge a decision that you disagree with about your Employment Insurance (EI) claim.

Residential Tenancy Branch Ombudsperson Complaint Kit: This kit is designed to help you file a complaint with the BC Ombudsperson's Office if you feel that you have experienced unfairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Waiving Filing Fees in Small Claims Court: This guide is intended to help make Small Claims Court cheaper for you. Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, there are various filing fees associated with being in Small Claims Court. If you cannot afford these fees, you can apply to have them waived.

A Guide to a Successful Interview with a Lawyer: Many people can only afford a brief meeting with a lawyer. This guide will help you organize and prepare for your interview with a lawyer so that you can use the time more effectively.

Bring a Friend to Court: If you will be representing yourself in court, you may feel more comfortable if someone you trust is there with you. This guide explains what your friend can help you with and how he or she should behave in court.

Self-help guide to help you prepare for your Mental Health Review Panel hearing, if you are representing yourself.

Information Sheets

Outstanding Warrants Fact Sheet: As of June 1, 2010, people with outstanding warrants may be cut off, or ineligible for, welfare in BC until they take steps to deal with the outstanding warrant. This is a detailed summary of the changes and sets out which warrants impact eligibility, how warrants will be identified, what to do if you might have an outstanding warrant, and where to get legal help.

Summary of Hudson Decision (PWD Eligibility Criteria): This is a one page summary of a court case concerning how the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal must consider "Person with Disabilities" applications. Applicants or advocates can submit this summary with original PWD applications, applications for reconsideration, or Tribunal appeal submissions.

List of Authorized Court Bailiffs: This is a list of the only bailiffs authorized by the Province of BC to execute Writs of Possession pursuant to the Residential Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act. It is illegal for a landlord to remove your belongings from the rental unit without using one of the authorized court bailiffs on this list. 


Disclaimer: Please do not rely on our publications for legal advice. Our legal publications are for educational purposes and they are not a substitute for getting advice from a lawyer. Please also note that the law and court practices can change without warning. If you are using our publications, you should check to make sure that they are up-to-date.