Most people involved in family disputes would like to have a lawyer help them, but many feel they can’t afford it. Until recently hiring a lawyer was usually an all-or-nothing proposition. You hired a lawyer and turned the conduct of your entire case over to them, or you were on your own.
Judging in Canada is not often a family affair, but occasionally two members of the same family have been appointed and served on courts in BC at the same time. There have been brothers and sisters-in-law on various BC courts simultaneously, and sisters on our Provincial Court together, but now the BC Provincial Court has judges who are mother and daughter – likely a first in Canada!
Each year, 1 in 7 British Columbians gets legal help or legal education from one of the Justice Education Society’s resources or programs.
When a lawyer is appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia it usually makes news – often an article in the local newspaper in a size inversely proportional to the size of the community. So, in Vancouver there’ll be a short paragraph while in smaller communities more background detail and perhaps a photograph.
How can separating and divorcing families in BC get help to resolve their disputes safely, effectively, affordably, and without undue delay? The BC Ministry of Justice’s Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) provides services to do just this at 24 centres around the province and by web, phone and videoconferencing. This eNews will tell you more about their services and how to access them.