Dial-A-Law is a library of scripts prepared by lawyers. It offers general information on a variety of topics on law in British Columbia, but not legal advice. If you need further information, you should consult a lawyer by calling the Lawyer Referral Service at 604.687.3221 or toll free in BC at 1.800.663.1919. Dial-A-Law is a free service that is available in English, Chinese and Punjabi by telephone and on the Internet. Dial-A-Law is funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and is operated by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC).
In 1983, CBABC identified a need for public access to legal information on a variety of law topics. In collaboration with and funding from the Law Foundation of British Columbia, CBABC sponsored and initiated the Dial-A-Law program, which includes more than 125 scripts of legal information that are written and edited by volunteer lawyers in British Columbia.
In 2008, the Dial-A-Law program celebrated its 25th anniversary. The success of this program is because of the generous funding of the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the availability of Dial-A-Law scripts on the CBABC website and by telephone. We wish to thank the hundreds of lawyers who have generously volunteered their time to this program.
Call Dial-A-Law if you:
- think you may have a legal problem and want practical information on the law involved,
- want to find out about your legal rights and responsibilities, or
- want to learn more about the law and the legal system in British Columbia.
Two Ways to Use Dial-A-Law
To access the Dial-A-Law scripts, visit online at www.dialalaw.org.
From the menu on the left, for scripts:
- in English, click on a category that you would like to read and then choose a topic. Now available in audio.
- in Chinese, click “Dial-A-Law – Simplified Chinese”
- in Punjabi, click “Dial-A-Law – Punjabi”
Visit translation2.paralink.com for translation in French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Dial-A-Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To listen to Dial-A-Law scripts, call 604.687.4680 in the Lower Mainland or 1.800.565.5297 in British Columbia. Once you are connected:
- press “1” for English
- press “2” for Chinese
After listening to the welcome message, you may:
- press “1” to enter the script number you would like to listen to
- press “2” for a complete list of topics
- press “3” to request a brochure
- press “4” for the Lawyer Referral Service telephone numbers
- press “8 to repeat the message
- press “9” to disconnect
Note: you may bypass the welcome message at anytime by pressing “1”.
Copyright January 2012, Canadian Bar Association BC Branch. Dial-A-Law is a registered trademark owned by Dial-A-Law, a non-profit membership corporation.
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