BC Judicial Justice joins Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal

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Most of the BC Provincial Court’s judicial justices are part-time judicial officers who may also do other work as long as it doesn’t conflict with their judicial duties in any way. For example, judicial justices may practise law, but not criminal law, because they deal with trials of provincial offence tickets, search warrant applications, and bail hearings.

Judicial justice Carol Roberts’ work outside the Court includes sports law and international arbitration. When she was appointed to the ad hoc Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2016 she was responsible for resolving disputes that arose before and during the summer Olympic Games.

See Provincial Court Judicial Justice appointed to International Sports Court and From Provincial Court to Olympics Sport Court.

Now she has been appointed a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT).

The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.5 billion people in developing countries as well as advanced economies. More than half its members are small states, including many island nations. Its member governments have agreed to shared goals including democracy and peace, and to values and principles expressed in the Commonwealth Charter.

Did you know that although its roots lie in the British Empire, any country can now join the modern Commonwealth? Its most recent members, Gabon and Togo, joined this year.

The Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal
Created in 1995, the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) is an international administrative tribunal that hears contractual disputes, including employment disputes within the Secretariat. It deals with applications by staff, the Secretariat, or those contracting with it and applies international administrative law.

Ms. Roberts is one of eight tribunal members nominated on a regional basis for four-year terms, renewable once.

More information

Find information about the Secretariat, its work, and its decisions, and about the work of the Commonwealth, on its new website.

The Judicial Council of BC is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds with five or more years active law practice in Canada, or a range of related experience, for part time adjudication work as a Judicial Justice. See this Announcement and Appointment of Judicial Justices for information.

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