As Jane Austen might say, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that British Columbia has some very beautiful courthouses.” This fact inspired art enthusiast Judge Gregory Koturbash to begin a collection of paintings of BC Courthouses, and to take up a brush himself. This eNews article features some of his collection and the artists who painted them.
Updated December 1, 2018
“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.
Courts in Canada are working with the Office of the Commissioner of Federal Judicial Affairs (FJA) and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) to support judicial reform in Ukraine. Early in October, the BC Provincial Court hosted a delegation of Ukrainian judges and other justice system personnel interested in court communications.
The first Community Court in Canada opened in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 2008. Now into its 10th year of operation, Downtown Community Court (DCC) continues to show how a court can work with its community to create better outcomes for offenders.