The BC Human Rights Clinic provides free representation to complainants who have cases before the BC Human Rights Tribunal on a province-wide basis. If accepted, you will be assigned an Advocate to assist you through the early stages of your complaint. Advocates will advise you as to the Tribunal process, work with you to develop and prepare required documentation (including on any preliminary applications), deal with deadlines, and represent you at any settlement meetings. Although most cases settle, should the matter not settle or be dismissed on a preliminary basis, a lawyer will be assigned to work with and represent you through all remaining stages of the proceedings, including with respect to preparation for and attendance at any hearing.
The BC Human Rights Clinic is operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society and funded by the BC Ministry of Attorney General.
- To provide an opportunity for better understanding of human rights;
- To provide legal assistance and mediation services for complainants with respect to their human rights complaints;
- To provide education and training on human rights and related matters.
Summary of Services
Our services integrate information, advocacy and education. Our advocacy program protects existing rights and our education program helps to prevent discrimination. Together this integrated approach works to promote and strengthen human rights.
In delivering these services we often coordinate with other service providers to ensure the most effective allocation of resources. We also strive to work with all sectors when delivering services to ensure the broadest possible approach to the elimination of discrimination.