US President Donald Trump made news by tweeting an attack on a judge who ruled against the federal government when several American states challenged his first travel ban in court. Trump was widely criticized for his reaction – not for disagreeing with the ruling, but for undermining respect for the justice system, and for the role of the courts in a democratic system.
Imagine you’re a judge writing reasons for judgment in a trial where a witness testified the accused person swore and shouted obscenities at witnesses. Do you quote the bad language?
On April 6, 2017 Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree kicked off BC Law Week activities with the Court’s second live Twitter Town Hall. As he had the previous year, the Chief Judge spent two hours tweeting responses to questions and comments tweeted to #AskChiefJudge.
It may seem that courts are slow to change – after all, judges wearing robes still sit at big desks at the front of our courtrooms and apply legal principles, some of which date back hundreds of years. But retired judges in BC have seen huge changes in the Provincial Court and its work over the last 45 years.
Judging in Canada is not often a family affair, but occasionally two members of the same family have been appointed and served on courts in BC at the same time. There have been brothers and sisters-in-law on various BC courts simultaneously, and sisters on our Provincial Court together, but now the BC Provincial Court has judges who are mother and daughter – likely a first in Canada!