On June 12, 2019 the BC Provincial Court joined 50 other organizations committed to improving access to justice in BC as they formally endorsed the Access to Justice Triple Aim – an aspirational goal formulated by Access to Justice BC (A2JBC).
What is A2JBC? What does its Triple Aim involve? And why does the Court endorse it? This eNews answers those questions.
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 Provincial Court and the Ministry of the Attorney General are collaborating on an initiative to change the rules of procedure for family matters in Provincial Court. As part of that process they are launching a program in Victoria on May 13, 2019 to try out key aspects of a new approach, evaluate how they work, and apply the lessons learned before making permanent changes to the rules.
Kim is 14 years old, has never been in trouble with the law before, and stole a bag of candy from a store on a dare from a friend. Jaz is 15 years old, was sentenced for theft under $5,000 (shoplifting) six months ago, and has now pleaded guilty to another charge of theft from a store.
In 1993, Ken Skilnick, then a Fraser Valley lawyer, served on a committee to investigate a new courthouse in Abbotsford. It was fitting that 25 years later, on July 11, 2018, Judge Ken Skilnick represented the Provincial Court at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Abbotsford courthouse.