In the May 27, 2019 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine, columnist Bill Trudell describes how moving he found the swearing-in ceremony of two judges in Ontario. Although BC Provincial Court judges are sworn in at the Office of the Chief Judge shortly after their appointment, they are welcomed to the Court in public ceremonies that have a similar impact – as this tweet shows:
On June 12, 2019 the BC Provincial Court joined 50 other organizations committed to improving access to justice in BC as they formally endorsed the Access to Justice Triple Aim – an aspirational goal formulated by Access to Justice BC (A2JBC).
What is A2JBC? What does its Triple Aim involve? And why does the Court endorse it? This eNews answers those questions.
The Provincial Court and the Ministry of the Attorney General are collaborating on an initiative to change the rules of procedure for family matters in Provincial Court. As part of that process they are launching a program in Victoria on May 13, 2019 to try out key aspects of a new approach, evaluate how they work, and apply the lessons learned before making permanent changes to the rules.
In 1993, Ken Skilnick, then a Fraser Valley lawyer, served on a committee to investigate a new courthouse in Abbotsford. It was fitting that 25 years later, on July 11, 2018, Judge Ken Skilnick represented the Provincial Court at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Abbotsford courthouse.
Each year the Provincial Court of British Columbia reports to you on its work in an Annual Report. Providing a detailed report to the public - not just on its accomplishments but also on the challenges it faces - is one of the ways in which the Court demonstrates its commitment to openness and accountability.