In a unique program developed by the Provincial Court of BC and UBC’s Allard School of Law, students spend a term interning in the Court. As they conduct legal research for and are mentored by judges, they gain perspectives that enrich their understanding of the court system and their communities. Accompanying a judge on a circuit court is a highlight of each student’s term with the Court.
One minute you’re a lawyer – the next, you’re appointed a judge. You begin a new, very challenging career in a whirlwind, as soon as you can leave your law practice. What kind of orientation and training do you get to prepare for your new responsibilities?
Artist Kirsten Savage wrote movingly about learning that a painting of hers had had a tremendous impact on someone losing their sight. A patron told her that a friend of his with macular degeneration was surrounding herself with beautiful artwork to enjoy while she could, and had asked to borrow one of Ms. Savage’s paintings.
In order to provide people around the province with access to justice Provincial Court judges hold court in more than 80 locations in British Columbia. In smaller communities the number of cases doesn’t require a full time court, so judges travel there regularly.
A recent Ottawa Citizen column commented on an incident in R. v. Elliott, a prosecution for criminal harassment involving Twitter activity.