The Supreme Court of Canada has said:

"The open court principle is of crucial importance in a democratic society. ... Because few members of the public are able to attend court in person, members of the media play an important role in our democratic system by informing the public about what takes place in court."

CBC v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 SCC 2

Media enquiries

Contact the Legal Officer, Provincial Court of B.C., with media enquiries by emailing with your enquiry and indicating any deadline you may have.

Please note that this website and the Office of the Chief Judge do not comment on specific cases before the courts. Responses to media inquiries are for information only and cannot be used as authority in court proceedings.

Resources the Court offers to assist the media to perform their important role:

Resources available elsewhere:

  • Court Services Online - BC Ministry of the Attorney General provides daily lists in courts around BC, as well as court record information in Provincial and Supreme civil court files and Provincial traffic and criminal court files - some fees may apply
  • Justice Centre Daily Judicial Interim Release Results - reports on judicial interim release matters dealt with by the Justice Centre during the preceding day - subject to the conditions outlined on this linked page
  • Media Accreditation Policy - how journalists can obtain accreditation for BC Courts
  • RSS Feed - of all BC Provincial Court decisions posted online – use Internet Explorer to access
  • Transcripts - to order a transcript of court proceedings you will need the court location, date and file number
  • The Canadian Judicial System and the Media - Canadian Judicial Council publication offers information on publications bans, contempt, defamation, and factors to consider when making decisions about what to report – it’s a 2010 publication so references to particular statute sections and court decisions will need to be updated, but the overview the document provides may be useful