Her colleagues on the Provincial Court Judges Association Education Committee - a committee she has chaired for nearly five years—routinely refer to her as a “force of nature”. That is not an epithet one would normally expect to be used to describe a person 4’11” in height.
When people arrive in a courtroom for their family or civil trial, judges sometimes suggest that they discuss settling their case rather than start the trial right away. This practice can be controversial. Today’s eNews considers the practice and presents arguments on both sides.
The Provincial Court of British Columbia is one of a handful of courts in the world to adopt online applications for appointment as a judicial officer. On September 5, 2017, BC’s Judicial Council launched an online application process for all judicial appointments to the Provincial Court - judges, judicial justices, and justices of the peace. The Court no longer accepts paper applications.
In law school, students learn to understand and use legal terminology that can convey a legal principle in just a few words. As they become expert at legal jargon, they find using it quicker and clearer than trying to explain things accurately using ordinary language and simple terms. Why then, should lawyers and judges spend the time and effort to use plain language?
Provincial Court judges make tens of thousands of court orders every year. Each order must be typed by the Court Clerk in the courtroom as the judge pronounces it, and printed on a paper court order by staff in the Court Registry, before being given to the people affected by it. While improved technology has shortened this process in recent years, it can be time-consuming and work-intensive.