In 1993, Ken Skilnick, then a Fraser Valley lawyer, served on a committee to investigate a new courthouse in Abbotsford. It was fitting that 25 years later, on July 11, 2018, Judge Ken Skilnick represented the Provincial Court at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Abbotsford courthouse.
Each year the Provincial Court of British Columbia reports to you on its work in an Annual Report. Providing a detailed report to the public - not just on its accomplishments but also on the challenges it faces - is one of the ways in which the Court demonstrates its commitment to openness and accountability.
The BC Provincial Court’s Small Claims Court usually deals with cases involving from $5,001 to $35,000. Larger claims generally go to the BC Supreme Court. It is possible to make a claim for more than $35,000 in Small Claims Court, but if you do you must abandon the amount over that limit.
Periodically the BC Provincial Court’s Criminal Law Committee offers a three day Criminal Law Boot Camp – an intense, interactive judicial education program designed for new judges whose work as lawyers involved other areas of law. Last month the judges attending the boot camp included some guests – three members of the Guyanese judiciary.
“Do you swear that the evidence you shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” This is the oath most often taken by witnesses in Canadian courts who choose to swear a religious oath before they testify.