“The Elder began by performing a smudge ceremony, easing the circle into a sense of connectedness. She then shared a bit about herself: her 12 years of residential school; the loss of her brother to suicide; her career as a registered nurse, working in psychiatric care; and her commitment to the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference.”
Tom Crabtree—formerly the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of B.C. and newly appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of B.C.—is known not only for his great accomplishments but also his abiding common touch and modesty.
Judges pounding gavels in courtroom dramas, pictures of gavels illustrating news stories - you see them everywhere! But in Canada it’s “fake news” because our judges don’t use – and have never used - gavels.
This eNews attempts to unravel the gavel myth, its sources, and what we can do about it.
You’ve filed an application in BC Provincial Court, asking for an order under the Family Law Act, or you’ve filed a reply to an application. Then you went to court for a First Appearance and the judge directed that you come back for a Family Case Conference on a future date. What happens at a Case Conference? How should you prepare?
Visitors to courts around BC were greeted by staff in hockey jerseys on #JerseyDay, Thursday April 12, 2018. Court Registry staff wore jerseys to pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos’ players and families and show their support for all those affected by last week’s tragic event.