Over 40 years ago Provincial Court Judge Jack McGivern started a clinical criminal law program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Allard Law School.
Serving as a Provincial Court judge in the Court’s Interior Region presents many challenges, and offers many rewards.
The UBC Indigenous Legal Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is both a free community legal service and a law school course where upper year law students work in a clinical environment full time for a term. The clinic is founded on ‘experiential learning’ principles that embrace the concept of ‘learning by doing’.
Provincial Court Judges share their knowledge so often with so many groups that it would be impossible to catalogue all their teaching activities.
The public and people appearing in court must have confidence in our justice system, and that begins with having confidence in the decisions made in the courtroom. People must be confident that judicial officers have integrity and are impartial and independent.