Judges Gurmail Gill and Nancy Phillips completed their terms as Associate Chief Judge earlier this year. The Provincial Court of British Columbia recognizes and is grateful for the immense contributions both have made to moving the Court well into the 21st century.
The Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) chose the BC Provincial Court’s Twitter Town Hall as one of three outstanding communications initiatives to be showcased at its 2016 annual conference. The CCPIO is an international professional organization providing training, resources and networking support for court communications experts.
Serving as a Provincial Court judge in the Court’s Interior Region presents many challenges, and offers many rewards.
“Monday morning, up early as my mind runs through a list of items - flashlight, food, Criminal Code, book tapes, gloves, Child Support Guidelines , satellite phone and robes. An unusual list for anyone except a judge travelling on a northern circuit.”
This week the Provincial Court is launching an initiative to improve the way criminal cases are dealt with in their early stages in the Surrey courthouse. The Court deals with many thousands of new criminal cases in Surrey each year. Managing such a high caseload both fairly and efficiently is a challenge.