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.
Changes to the way many disputes arising from motor vehicle accidents are resolved by BC courts take effect April 1, 2019. The BC Supreme Court still deals with vehicle accident claims larger than $50,000, but many claims for up to $50,000 related to injuries caused by vehicle accidents must now be taken to the online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).
The Canadian Judicial Council wants to hear it! The Canadian Judicial Council is a federal body with a mandate to improve the quality of judicial service in the superior courts of Canada. It is also responsible for reviewing complaints or allegations about federally appointed judges.
Analytics reports on the BC Provincial Court’s website for 2018 contain a lot of good news but they raise one question that’s stumping judges and the Court’s Digital Communications Coordinator. Why is there so much interest in the polygraph?