Downtown Community Court

Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court opened in 2008 to manage individuals in downtown Vancouver with an integrated response to their legal, social and health care needs.

The court is a partnership of justice, social and health agencies and the Provincial Court of B.C., with help from local community and business organizations. These partners work together to address the root causes of street crime, including:

  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Mental health needs and/or addictions
  • Lack of social supports

Court partners treat the whole individual and do not focus solely on the person’s offence.