The Abbotsford Law Courts opened February 4, 2021, with courtrooms accommodating all 3 BC courts.
There are currently 84 staffed and unstaffed BC Provincial Court locations on our Court Locations webpage (where you’ll find court sitting dates and times and contact information).
The Provincial Court's Northern Region covers 670,000 square kilometres - an area greater than Alberta or France. Provincial Court judges in that region travel thousands of kilometres each year to sit in more than 28 communities.
The 8th Provincial Court of BC Indigenous Court began sitting in Hazelton in August 2021. (The others are in New Westminster, North Vancouver, Kamloops, Duncan, Merritt/Nicola Valley, Prince George, and Williams Lake.) Bonus point: the Court has 5 other specialized courts:
Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference in New Westminster
Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver
Downtown Community Court
Victoria Integrated Court
Kelowna Integrated Court
(There are also local domestic violence court projects in some court locations.)
Judges in Williams Lake are photographed on horseback. Bonus point: Judge Barnett glued a photo of Judge Cullinane to the photo of 2 mounted judges. He then glued cotton batten to Judge Cullinane’s feet and photographed that “enhanced” photo. True Cariboo creativity!
1969 – the first BC Provincial Court Act was enacted in 1969, a year celebrated in Bryan Adams’ song, “Summer of ‘69”. This video and the Court’s 2019/2020 Annual Report contain highlights of the Court’s first 50 years.
The painting shows the Penticton Law Courts. Built in 1948, the building reflects the transition from Art Deco to Streamline Modern design, with architectural elements of both. Bonus point: The artist is Judge Gregory Koturbash. (See A judge who paints ..., Dec 31/19 eNews)
8. (d) All of the above
A Judicial Complement Report is posted on the Court’s website every month to provide the current number of Judicial Full Time Equivalent positions (JFTEs) on the Court as well as the other information listed. (a full-time judge constitutes 1 JFTE; a part-time senior judge is counted as 0.45 JFTE)
The judges’ average age on March 31, 2020 was 60. Find age and gender demographics of the Court’s judges and judicial justices in the Court's Annual Reports. The Annual Reports of the Judicial Council of BC include demographics of applicants for judicial appointment.
Caseload, time to trial, and other statistics are reported in the Courts’ Annual Reports. In 2019/20 the percentages of new cases by type were:
Adult criminal 55%
Family Law Act 25%
Small claims 9%
Child protection 8%
Youth criminal 2%