The Judicial Council of BC is inviting lawyers with at least five years’ experience practising law as a member of the Law Society of BC to apply for appointment as a Provincial Court judicial justice. Lawyers with less legal practice experience may be considered if they have a range of related experience.
What does a judicial justice do?
British Columbia’s judicial justices are judicial officers who exercise authority under various provincial and federal laws. They are assigned a variety of duties by the Chief Judge. Some judicial justices preside in courtrooms throughout the province, hearing traffic matters and ticketable offences under provincial laws, as well as municipal bylaw matters. They may also conduct small claims payment hearings. Others are assigned judicial duties at the Justice Centre, where they consider search warrant applications and hear applications for detention or bail. Still others conduct criminal arraignment hearings and deal with applications under the Criminal Code in the Victoria Integrated Court, one of the province’s specialized courts. Their judicial work is performed at various locations throughout the province.
The Judicial Council has identified these criteria and competencies for judicial justices.
Term and remuneration
Appointment as a judicial justice is a judicial appointment within the Provincial Court of BC. Currently, judicial justice appointments will be on a part time basis for one fixed term of 12 years pursuant to the Provincial Court Act, section 30.2. It is expected that applicants will continue to practice law (other than criminal law) and devote a mutually agreed amount of time to the Court.
Remuneration will be on a per diem basis as fixed by the Judicial Compensation Commission in accordance with the Judicial Compensation Act (currently $770.65 per day). The next Judicial Compensation Commission process will take place in 2019.
Applicants must submit a confidential online application accessed through the Provincial Court website. Professional references, a medical report and a criminal record check are required.
Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Judicial Council at the Office of the Chief Judge. If approved by the Council, candidates will be eligible to be recommended to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for appointment as a judicial justice at any time within a three year period following the interview, though no such appointment can be assured.
Further information regarding the appointment process and the Court may be found at Judicial Justices.