The Chief Judge is responsible for the administration of the Court. Its administrative headquarters, called the Office of the Chief Judge or “OCJ”, is located at the Robson Square courthouse in downtown Vancouver.
The Chief Judge is the Court’s spokesperson. Under the direction of the Chief Judge the OCJ is also responsible for engaging with government agencies, media, individuals, and organizations wishing to communicate with the Court.
The Chief Judge’s responsibility for the assignment of judges and cases is delegated to Regional Administrative Judges in each of the Court’s five regions.
Administrative and legal work is also undertaken by the Court’s Legal Officers, Ms. Caroline Berkey, Ms. Karen Leung, and Mr. Daniel Kozera, and by judges and judicial justices who volunteer to sit on working groups and other committees.
Four standing committees advise the Chief Judge on administrative matters:
The Governance Committee provides strategic direction and decision-making for the Court on policy and management matters, as well as issues concerning the administrative independence of the Court. Chaired by the Chief Judge, the committee’s other members include:
Judicial Administration Committee
With the same membership as the Governance Committee, the Judicial Administration Committee (JAC) is chaired by an Associate Chief Judge. The JAC provides advice to the Chief Judge on emerging issues in the five judicial regions, policy development, and other administrative matters.
Judicial Justice Administration Committee
The Judicial Justice Administration Committee provides advice to the Chief Judge on administrative issues involving the Judicial Justice Division. The committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Organizational Services. Membership includes:
Executive Operations Committee
The Executive Operations Committee consists of:
It meets to support the day-to-day administration of the Court and to ensure that meeting materials for the Judicial Administration Committee and Governance Committee are accurate and complete.
Committees of judges assist the Chief Judge in three areas of law: criminal, family, and civil. Their work includes:
Education committees comprised of judges and judicial justices organize and present semi-annual education conferences for both types of judicial officers.