Provincial Court judges make tens of thousands of court orders every year. Each order must be typed by the Court Clerk in the courtroom as the judge pronounces it, and printed on a paper court order by staff in the Court Registry, before being given to the people affected by it. While improved technology has shortened this process in recent years, it can be time-consuming and work-intensive.
On September 5, 2017, the Judicial Council of BC will adopt an online application process for all those seeking an appointment to the Provincial Court, including appointment as a Judge, Judicial Justice, or Justice of the Peace.
As a group, Thompson Rivers University’s Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) attended and observed Cknúcwentn First Nations Court in Kamloops this spring. In this eNews, law students Aanchal Mogla, Kaitlin Hardy, Laurel Sleigh, and Kateri Koster share their thoughts on the process they observed. They offer unique and valuable insights into First Nations Courts.
In Canada, an accused in a criminal matter has the right to a trial in whichever of Canada’s two official languages is their language. The B.C. Provincial Court provides criminal trials in French or in both official languages for French-speaking accused persons. This week’s eNews explains the law governing French trials, and how they work in British Columbia.
Updated June 2022
Do you enjoy watching Law and Order or The Good Wife? Real proceedings in Canadian courts aren’t quite like the ones portrayed on those TV shows, but they can be both interesting – even dramatic - and educational. Why not visit your local courthouse to see what’s going on?