Each year since 2006 the Canadian Law Blogs Awards have honoured “the very best Canadian online legal content”. The awards began with blogs. But as free online legal content appeared in new formats each year, “the Clawbies” expanded to include those formats. The 2022 awards cover Canadian legal blogs, podcasts, videos, social media, longer publications, and novel legal information projects.
In the 2022 awards announced December 31st, the BC Provincial Court was declared the “Best Multi-Platform Presence”. Clawbies Awards judges Emma Durand-Wood, Steve Matthews, and Jordan Furlong describe this award as honouring “an individual, firm or organization that masters multiple mediums with a “something for everyone” online presence.”
In choosing the BC Provincial Court as the best multi-platform presence in 2022, the Clawbies judges said:
Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie said:
“It is gratifying to have the Court’s commitment to accessibility and transparency, and our efforts to provide understandable information about the justice system recognized in this way. The Court’s varied information resources are a part of our “thoughtful innovation” approach to improving access to justice in every way we can.
We are really fortunate to have the leadership of retired judge Ann Rounthwaite inspiring us to find interesting and innovative ways to share information with the public – whether through eNews articles, Vimeo videos about what to expect in certain types of court appearances, podcasts, guides for self-represented litigants, or other accessible interactive formats drawing people to our website.”
Ann Rounthwaite, the Court’s Digital Content Coordinator, added:
“Producing the Court’s wide variety of information resources wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of our judges, judicial justices, and legal officers who provide written material, voice our videos, and ensure our legal information is accurate and current. They, along with Office of the Chief Judge staff members, provide photographs and eNews suggestions. And the Court’s IT team puts it all online. We are fortunate that so many people in the Court share the commitment to communicate effectively with court users and the public.”