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:
For the past 20 years the Provincial Court of BC has been a strong champion of a unique workshop offering lawyers honest, personalized feedback on their courtroom work from judges and senior counsel. In July, BC lawyers will once again have the chance to practise their skills on their feet in a real courtroom and improve them with guidance from experienced colleagues and judges.
The Canadian Judicial Council wants to hear it! The Canadian Judicial Council is a federal body with a mandate to improve the quality of judicial service in the superior courts of Canada. It is also responsible for reviewing complaints or allegations about federally appointed judges.
How did the removal of cabooses from Canadian trains end up benefitting the Provincial Court of BC? And how did it lead to a judge becoming a doctor?
You sometimes hear people say that our judges and courts aren’t accountable, but that’s not true. Both individual judges and the courts they serve in are accountable for their decisions and actions in many ways.