Late last year the Provincial Court of British Columbia published its 2018/19 Annual Report. Each year the Court shares with the public detailed information about its judges’ demographics, judicial education, caseload statistics and trends, progress in meeting operational standards, governance, budget, and complaints.
Journalists attending our regional Media Workshops have asked for stock photos of courtrooms. Tweets responding to a suggestion that Canadian media avoid photos of gavels (since Canadian judges don’t use them) complained about the lack of alternative images. It’s clear that finding photos to illustrate media reports on court proceedings is a challenge.
The Provincial Court of BC has developed standardized terms for family and criminal court orders. They are organized in “picklists” available on courtroom computers so a Court Clerk can use them to quickly and accurately capture the order a judge makes.
There’s no red carpet, monologue, or envelope-opening, but for people working in the field of public legal information the “Clawbies” – the Canadian Law Blogs Awards – are the equivalent of the Oscars. The Provincial Court of BC was delighted to learn on New Year’s Eve that it had been awarded not just one, but two 2019 Clawbies for its online communications.
The modern Provincial Court of BC was born fifty years ago, when the first Provincial Court Act was passed in 1969.