Important Information About our Monday Short Service Clinic
Starting March 25, 2018, the BC Human Rights Clinic will launch a new appointment booking system for the Monday Short Service Clinic. The first available appointment will be for Monday, April 9, 2018.
Please visit this page for information on how to make an appointment.
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The Human Rights Clinic is a specialized clinic that provides services to British Columbians as they relate to pursuing and understanding their legal rights under the BC Human Rights Code.
The BC Human Rights Clinic is operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society and funded by the BC Ministry of Justice. The 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 may be assigned to work with and represent you through the remaining stages of the proceedings, including with respect to preparation for and attendance at any hearing.
Client services include initial information and advice respecting human rights issues, assistance in pursuing a complaint under the BC Human Rights Code, and representation of complainants before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Our education focuses on promoting an understanding of the BC Human Rights Code and offers preventative training to ensure compliance with Code provisions.
These services are offered at no cost on a province wide basis and can be initiated by contacting the Clinic at (604) 622-1100 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1-855-685-6222.
If you are a respondent needing assistance with a human rights complaint, the University of Victoria's Law Centre does run a respondent clinic. They may be reached at 250-385-1221.
Initial Information and Advice
Clinic staff can provide you with information on what protections are provided in the BC Human Rights Code and help you determine if your issue or concern falls under Code provisions. We can also offer practical suggestions that may help to resolve your issue, or in the event that you choose to file a formal human rights claim, we can inform you about how to proceed and what to expect. Where your issue falls outside provincial human rights legislation, we will guide you to a more suitable agency or organization.
Assistance in Making or Responding to a Formal Complaint
Sometimes people require assistance in filing and responding to formal complaints of discrimination. At times a phone call, a review of required forms, or providing information and advice on the Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure is sufficient to ensure people have access to, and assistance in, complying with Tribunal processes.
This assistance is limited to providing technical information and advice but it is available province wide by phone at no cost.
Monday Short Service Clinic
The BC Human Rights Clinic operates a weekly human rights short service clinic in downtown Vancouver to:
- Inform and educate members of the public seeking human rights information;
- Assist in completion of BC Human Rights Tribunal complaint forms;
- Provide an initial evaluation of complaints;
- Provide information on options available to resolve human rights issues including early dispute resolution alternatives;
- Provide referrals to other services as appropriate; and
- Where appropriate, provide access to clinic lawyers that can provide limited legal advice respecting straightforward legal issues, including in relation to execution of settlement agreements and releases.
When - Mondays between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm (excluding Statutory Holidays)
Where - The Monday clinic is held at the BC Human Rights Tribunal - 12th Floor, 605 Robson Street, Vancouver BC (corner of Robson and Seymour)
How – Follow this link to access our online booking system. Appointments can then be made up to two weeks in advance of each Monday clinic.
Either party to a human rights claim has the right to apply for a judicial review of a Tribunal decision.
The Clinic does not provide representation to in relation to judicial reviews at this time.
In addition to the clinic’s client services program, clinic staff conduct public legal education workshops, seminars and training sessions on topics related to the BC Human Rights Code. Sessions raise the general level of legal awareness about our human rights legislation across the province and offer tools to employers, service providers and unions to assist them in complying with Code provisions.
Please visit our Education page to learn more about this service.