Appointed under section 30.2 of the Provincial Court Act, judicial justices may be assigned a variety of judicial duties by the Chief Judge. Some judicial justices preside in court throughout the province, hearing traffic matters and ticketable offences under provincial legislation. Others are assigned judicial duties at the Justice Centre, where they consider search warrant applications and hear applications for detention or bail. Still others conduct criminal arraignment hearings and deal with applications under the Criminal Code in one of the province’s problem-solving courts.
The Judicial Council screens candidates for judicial justice appointments, and makes recommendations regarding appointments to government. Applicants must complete a Judicial Justice Candidate Application and submit 2 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 SterlingBackcheck eConsent forms online. For additional information, please refer to the Judicial Justice Candidate Process Summary.
After appointment, judicial justices receive training before embarking on their assignments. In addition, they are expected to attend professional development seminars held twice a year.
Changes affecting Judicial Justices
On July 1, 2003, an amendment to the Provincial Court Act removed judicial justices’ jurisdiction to hear certain matters, including applications made under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and offences that may result in imprisonment. As a result, when a Charter issue is raised in traffic court or in another matter normally heard by a judicial justice, the matter is referred to a judge. Matters where the prosecution is seeking jail are also generally commenced before a judge.
Other legislation passed in 2003 permits a police officer to provide evidence by way of a certificate rather than in person in some traffic matters. If a person disputing a ticket needs to question the officer during the trial they may ask a judicial justice to require the officer to attend. See the Motor Vehicle Act.
Finally, effective October 30, 2006, the Chief Judge assigned small claims payment hearings and all municipal bylaw matters to judicial justices, and their assignment of duties was revised accordingly.
Judicial Justices of the Court
Judicial Justices sitting as of June 1,2016:
Sitting Division (Full Time):
Blackstone, Irene (Abbotsford)
Dodwell, Patrick (Richmond)
Hughes, Joan (Kamloops) (currently sitting part-time)
Joseph-Tiwary, Susheela (Port Coquitlam)
Makhdoom, Zahid (Robson Square)
Justice Centre (Full Time):
Hayes, Gerry (Administrative JJ)
Judicial Justices Appointed to Serve on a Per Diem Basis:
Adair, Brent (Justice Centre/Traffic)
Beer, Bradley (Justice Centre)
Bowes, Edward (Justice Centre)
Brown, Anna-Maya (Justice Centre)
Burgess, Brian (Traffic - Vernon)
Callegaro, Norman (Justice Centre)
Campbell, Alison (Justice Centre)
Edwards, Brenda (Justice Centre/Traffic/Victoria Integrated Court)
Gordon, Hunter (Traffic - Victoria)
Hodge, Fraser (Justice Centre)
Holmes, Tim (Justice Centre)
Langford, Laurie (Traffic - Nelson)
Lindsey, Holly (Justice Centre)
Maddock, Christopher (Justice Centre)
Osborn, Carmella (Justice Centre)
Padron, Debra (Justice Centre)
Roberts, Carol (Justice Centre)
Schwartz, David (Justice Centre)
Stabler, Peter (Justice Centre/Traffic)
Judicial Justices Appointed to Serve on an Ad Hoc Basis:
Maihara, David (Justice Centre)
Mayner, Linda (Traffic)
Rogers, Candice (Justice Centre)
There is also 1 judicial justice not sitting due to a long-term disability condition.