US President Donald Trump made news by tweeting an attack on a judge who ruled against the federal government when several American states challenged his first travel ban in court. Trump was widely criticized for his reaction – not for disagreeing with the ruling, but for undermining respect for the justice system, and for the role of the courts in a democratic system.
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.
Imagine you’re a judge writing reasons for judgment in a trial where a witness testified the accused person swore and shouted obscenities at witnesses. Do you quote the bad language?
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.