Judges pounding gavels in courtroom dramas, pictures of gavels illustrating news stories - you see them everywhere! But in Canada it’s “fake news” because our judges don’t use – and have never used - gavels.
This eNews attempts to unravel the gavel myth, its sources, and what we can do about it.
You’ve filed an application in BC Provincial Court, asking for an order under the Family Law Act, or you’ve filed a reply to an application. Then you went to court for a First Appearance and the judge directed that you come back for a Family Case Conference on a future date. What happens at a Case Conference? How should you prepare?
Visitors to courts around BC were greeted by staff in hockey jerseys on #JerseyDay, Thursday April 12, 2018. Court Registry staff wore jerseys to pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos’ players and families and show their support for all those affected by last week’s tragic event.
Native Courtworkers have been a helping hand to justice for the past 45 years - connecting BC clients and communities to the justice system. They strengthen the system’s ability to be fair and effective for Indigenous people and make the system more efficient.
Find out what the 30 Native Courtworkers providing services at 59 court locations in BC do - and what they don’t do.
A new project that gives BC’s children a voice in court could help judges dealing with difficult family law cases.
The Child and Youth Legal Centre opened its doors last October and provides legal representation, free to those who qualify, for young people who are experiencing problems related to family law, child protection, human rights and many other legal issues.