Court Information Program for Immigrants

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, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Hindi,

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, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Hindi,
 
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 six languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Hindi.
 
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 various languages
  • 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.

Chinese & Vietnamese

Bernice Ma
Assistance in Cantonese & Mandarin
Vancouver Provincial Court
222 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2S8
Tel: 604-660-6087
Email: Bernice.Ma@JusticeEducation.ca

Donald Vega
Assistance in Spanish, French & Portuguese
Vancouver Provincial Court
222 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2S8
Tel: 604-660-6090
Email: Donald.Vega@JusticeEducation.ca

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the City of Vancouver to support the community workers at 222 Main Street. 

Punjabi & Hindi

Gurveen Atwal
Assistance in Punjabi & Hindi
14340 – 57 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3X 1B2
Tel:604-507-1583
Email: Gurveen.Atwal@JusticeEducation.ca

Lali Pawa
Program Coordinator
Assistance in Punjabi & Hindi
14340 – 57 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3X 1B2
Tel: 604-760-5727
Email: Lali.Pawa@JusticeEducation.ca

Community Workers provide information and make referrals. They do not give legal advice, nor serve as interpreters, nor act as advocates for the client.

This project is made possible through funding from the Province of British Columbia, Law Foundation and the City of Vancouver.