A new project that gives BC’s children a voice in court could help judges dealing with difficult family law cases.
The Child and Youth Legal Centre opened its doors last October and provides legal representation, free to those who qualify, for young people who are experiencing problems related to family law, child protection, human rights and many other legal issues.
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.
Her colleagues on the Provincial Court Judges Association Education Committee - a committee she has chaired for nearly five years—routinely refer to her as a “force of nature”. That is not an epithet one would normally expect to be used to describe a person 4’11” in height.
The Legal Services Society (LSS) has a variety of publications to help Aboriginal peoples in BC understand their legal rights. Several of their more recent publications focus on ‘Gladue rights’ and First Nations Court. In this eNews article, LSS describes its booklets and posters that provide information about Aboriginal legal rights.
The Provincial Court of BC has been a leader among Canadian courts in its enthusiastic use of digital communications to engage with the public. It offers an active website, featuring bi-weekly “eNews” articles, and uses social media with a refreshing, conversational tone to interact with followers.