It can be hard to find a lawyer in a small rural community. Many BC towns have a shortage of lawyers or are projected to have a shortage in the coming years. But smaller communities offer BC lawyers economic advantages including more affordable housing, easy access to recreational activities, and opportunities in the practice of law that may not be available in larger cities.
Born in Iran, Judge Delaram Jahani didn’t speak English until she came to Canada at age 15. Her life has been a series of swift learning curves, with the latest being her transition from lawyer to Provincial Court judge in 2017.
The Judicial Justice Division is an integral and indispensable part of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. During the COVID-19 pandemic BC’s judicial justices and the staff who support them have worked tirelessly to fulfil their responsibilities, innovating and adapting where required, to keep courts accessible while ensuring the health and safety of court users.
The Provincial Court of BC has been holding court in Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Bella Coola on BC’s Central Coast for many years.
Provincial Court Judge Stella Frame answers questions about her recent education leave.
You were on Education Leave for a few days during the reduction in court services caused by the pandemic. Tell us how that came to be?