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Enactment of the Provincial Court Act in 1969 created the Provincial Court of British Columbia. For the last fifty years, this Court’s focused efforts to provide an accessible, fair, efficient, and innovative system of justice have made it a leader in Canada.
Updated May 2021
When parents separate, Canadian law requires that both parents contribute to their children’s support. This usually means the parent who spends less time with a child pays “child support” to the parent who spends more time with the child. But who counts as a parent? How long do they have to pay? And how much?
Late last year the Provincial Court of British Columbia published its 2018/19 Annual Report. Each year the Court shares with the public detailed information about its judges’ demographics, judicial education, caseload statistics and trends, progress in meeting operational standards, governance, budget, and complaints.
Journalists attending our regional Media Workshops have asked for stock photos of courtrooms. Tweets responding to a suggestion that Canadian media avoid photos of gavels (since Canadian judges don’t use them) complained about the lack of alternative images. It’s clear that finding photos to illustrate media reports on court proceedings is a challenge.
The Provincial Court of BC has developed standardized terms for family and criminal court orders. They are organized in “picklists” available on courtroom computers so a Court Clerk can use them to quickly and accurately capture the order a judge makes.