Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Early Assessment

Province/Territory
British Columbia

Type of service
Mediation

Services offered
Prior to providing dispute resolution (mediation) services, Family Justice Counsellors conduct in depth assessments of client needs and issues using a tested assessment tool. Based on this assessment, FJCs discuss options for the clients and make referrals to appropriate services.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service.

Department responsible
Family Justice Services Division, Ministry of Justice

How to access this service
Assessments are provided by Family Justice Counsellors who work at Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres in BC. Clients may make an appointment to see a Family Justice Counsellor at one of the locations below.

Location(s)
Please refer to this site for links to an up to date list of Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres and telephone numbers:
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/divorce/family-justice

[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English; others with the use of interpreter.

Publications/information
Please refer to the following Web site for a brochure:
http://www.justicebc.ca/shared/pdfs/FamJustCen.pdf

Costs
No charge, but priority is given to low income families.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
BC Family Law Act

Contact person(s)
http://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap/service/1019

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