In a December 18, 2016 opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, BC’s Chief Justice Robert Bauman described a typical day in the life of a judge. While he wrote about the work of judges in BC’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, his comments apply to Provincial Court judges as well. Here’s what the Chief Justice said:
BC Provincial Court judges have a history of producing and sharing practical resources to help trial judges achieve the excellence that is one of our court’s core values. Under the auspices of the BC Provincial Court Judges Association, volunteer judges have created and maintained two aids that proved so valuable they are being used by judges and others across Canada.
Judges and judicial justices don’t just preside in court and volunteer in their communities. They also volunteer to serve on the various committees established within the Court to help the Chief Judge with the Court’s administration and contribute to the education of their colleagues.
The Court’s Committees
Perhaps because Judicial Case Managers don’t wear judicial robes, or because they also perform trial scheduling duties in an office environment, some people - both lawyers and non-lawyers - are confused about how they should behave in proceedings before them.
A Commonwealth country on the north coast of South America with a population of about 800,000, Guyana has a Magistrates Court with criminal law responsibilities similar to those of our Provincial Court.