The BC Provincial Court’s digital communications have continued to reach an ever-widening audience. Its website www.provincialcourt.bc.ca had 1,414,853 page views in 2020, a 24% increase over 2019. Its eNews blog had 111,537 page views, an 18% increase.
The court lists posted online and in BC courthouses use short forms and acronyms (a short form made up of the first letters of the words being shortened). And even when judges and lawyers try to use words that everyone can understand, their speech can sometimes sound like alphabet soup.
Providing a forum of justice that is impartial, fair, consistent, and assures equal access for everyone is part of the mission of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. According people dignity and respect by using their correct titles and pronouns is one aspect of such a forum.
Although more and more judges and lawyers are trying to use plain language instead of legal jargon, you may still hear them use unfamiliar terms to describe the parts of a courtroom.
The three British Columbia Courts have jointly issued an updated statement about the wearing of face masks or face coverings in all courthouses. It says that: