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Visitors to courts around BC were greeted by staff in hockey jerseys on #JerseyDay, Thursday April 12, 2018. Court Registry staff wore jerseys to pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos’ players and families and show their support for all those affected by last week’s tragic event.
BC Provincial Court Judicial Justice Carol Roberts was honoured for a second time with appointment to the ad hoc division of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – the body responsible for hearing any legal disputes that arose during, or in the ten days before, this winter’s Olympic Games.
Opening a new specialized court takes long and intensive planning and preparation by a lot of people and organizations. So it was fitting that the official opening of the Nicola Valley Indigenous Court on October 10, 2017 was marked by a ceremony at the Shulus Arbour on the lands of the Lower Nicola Band, near Merritt, involving some of those people.
Retired judge Tom Smith shares the story of his return to the Arctic in an icebreaker five decades after serving there as a young constable, and what he found.
People appeared without lawyers in BC Provincial Court 134,358 times in 2016/17. These “self-represented litigants” or “SRLs” face huge challenges that lawyers need to understand, but they also provide opportunities for lawyers to fulfill needs that aren’t being met.