Hot Off The Press: Four new or revised French translations


LSS is committed to providing PLEI publications in our second language for both our francophone community here in BC and for all French-speaking newcomers to BC. We’ve just released four new or revised French translations. The new French translation is:

  • If You Can’t Get Legal Aid for Your Criminal Trial: How to Make a Rowbotham Application

Updated to match their English counterparts are the French versions of:

  • Defending Yourself: Possession of an Illegal Drug
  • Legal Aid Can Help You
  • Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial

All the new translations are available online-only on the MyLawBC website.

Thank you to the Francophone Affairs Program in BC for funding these translations, made possible through the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services.

See the MyLawBC website for a full list of all our French PLEI publications. See below for links to the latest new or revised French publications.

New French translation:

This booklet is for people facing serious and complex criminal charges who have been denied legal aid but can't afford a lawyer. It explains why, how, and when to ask the judge to appoint a free lawyer. The booklet includes a checklist of points to cover in court and copies of the necessary court forms.

Revised French translations:

This pamphlet outlines in plain language what legal aid is, and how and where to apply for it. It also lists the phone numbers of legal aid offices in BC.

This booklet describes how to defend yourself if you’re charged with possession of an illegal drug. It includes what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty, sentencing information, and how to get legal help. There’s also a flowchart showing how LSS publications can help at each stage of the court process.

The booklet explains what happens when an accused person wants to plead not guilty to a summary offence. It’s designed to guide a self-represented person through the basic steps in the court process both before and at a trial. It contains checklists, flow charts, and a sample letter to Crown counsel, as well as how to get legal help.