Judges of the Court

The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints Provincial Court Judges on the recommendation of the Judicial Council, pursuant to section 6(1) of the Provincial Court Act. Once appointed, removal of a judge before retirement can only occur as a result of inappropriate behaviour or inability to perform duties properly. The standard of conduct expected of Provincial Court Judges is detailed in the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF - download acrobat reader).

There currently are about 150 Provincial Court Judges in various locations throughout the province. When appointed, each judge is assigned court chambers in a particular judicial region, though he or she may be required to travel to other locations from time to time, as required by the Chief Judge.

Most Provincial Court Judges work full-time. However, judges 55 or older, with at least 10 years of service, may elect to hold office as a part-time judge. In addition, some judges work after retirement on an ad hoc basis.

Judges by Region.

Appointment Process

Judicial Council welcomes the interest of qualified persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the Bench of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Before proceeding with an application, applicants are encouraged to read the Judicial Candidate Process Summary.

The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints Provincial Court Judges on the recommendation of the Judicial Council. Members of the Council review applications, conduct interviews and approve candidates for appointment. When an opening is available, the Chief Judge sends the Attorney General a list of approved candidates who are eligible for appointment to that region.

Applicants must complete a Judicial Candidate Application and submit 5 copies, each with an original, current, passport-type photograph, to the Office of the Chief Judge. Applicants must also complete one copy each of the Consent for Disclosure of Personal Information; the Law Society Authorization and Release; Consent for Release of Medical Information; and the KROLL Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information including the ICBC Driver's License Abstract Request. For additional information, please refer to the "Judicial Candidate Process Summary" (above).

Application for Reappointment

Judicial Council welcomes the interest of retired judges wishing to be considered for re-appointment to the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Before proceeding with an application, applicants are encouraged to read the Judicial Re-Appointment Process Summary.

Applicants must complete a Judicial Re-Appointment Application and submit 5 copies, each with an original, current, passport-type photograph, to the Office of the Chief Judge. Retired Judges must also complete one copy of the Office of the Chief Judge Authorization and Release form; Consent for Release of Medical Information; and the KROLL Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information including the ICBC Driver's License Abstract Request. For additional information, please refer to the "Judicial Re-Appointment Process Summary" (above).