Court Innovation

The Provincial Court of BC has been a leader in innovative efforts to address community problems and to improve its delivery of fair, effective and efficient justice. For example, in the 1980s and ‘90s, BC Provincial Court Judges introduced adult education techniques and social context education (designed to sensitize judges to gender and cultural diversity issues) to Canadian courts. A BC Provincial Court judge also pioneered online judicial education in Canada. In the 1990s, the Court introduced judicial mediation in civil cases and in family and child protection cases.

More recent innovative initiatives include: