In Canada, an accused in a criminal matter has the right to a trial in whichever of Canada’s two official languages is their language. The B.C. Provincial Court provides criminal trials in French or in both official languages for French-speaking accused persons. This week’s eNews explains the law governing French trials, and how they work in British Columbia.
Do you enjoy watching Law and Order or The Good Wife? Real proceedings in Canadian courts aren’t quite like the ones portrayed on those TV shows, but they can be both interesting – even dramatic - and educational. Why not visit your local courthouse to see what’s going on?
This eNews explains what to expect if you’d like to watch Provincial Court in action.
On April 6, 2017 Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree kicked off BC Law Week activities with the Court’s second live Twitter Town Hall. As he had the previous year, the Chief Judge spent two hours tweeting responses to questions and comments tweeted to #AskChiefJudge.
Going to court can be a terrifying experience, especially if you’re presenting your case on your own, without a lawyer. Many self-represented litigants find that having a trusted friend or family member with them to provide emotional support, take notes, and organize documents can be a big help.
The Provincial Court of BC is committed to accountability, openness and transparency. One of the ways it fulfills this commitment is by issuing yearly reports to the public on its work. The Court’s 2015/16 Annual Report - providing information on the Court’s innovative initiatives, caseload statistics and trends, judicial demographics, governance, budget, and complaints – is now available.