Jason lived a comfortable middle class life until he and his wife, Maria, separated. She was angry and not interested in peacefully working out a separation arrangement for parenting and dividing their assets. With family financial support, Maria hired a lawyer. Jason couldn’t afford one, so he tried to manage the court process on his own.
When people don’t have a lawyer to represent them in court, they may want to have a support person sit beside them during their trial to provide emotional support, take notes and organize documents.
BC Provincial Court judges met with 22 journalists from the Thompson-Okanagan region on September 8, 2017 for a workshop covering various aspects of the media’s work in Provincial Court. When the session ended the verdict was unanimous - both journalists and judges reported they benefitted from the exchange of information and frank discussion.
The BC Provincial Court announced today that it has published an illustrated guide to the Court and the rule of law to help journalists and the public understand its work.
The Provincial Court of British Columbia is one of a handful of courts in the world to adopt online applications for appointment as a judicial officer. On September 5, 2017, BC’s Judicial Council launched an online application process for all judicial appointments to the Provincial Court - judges, judicial justices, and justices of the peace. The Court no longer accepts paper applications.