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CALL AND ADMISSION CEREMONY – FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

The Advocate

May 4, 2024

This event will take place in the Great Hall at the Vancouver Law Courts at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. The ceremony will be conducted by The Honourable Justice Joel R. Groves in the morning and the Honourable Justice Michael G. Thomas in the afternoon.

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Retirement

The Advocate

May 4, 2024

The Hon Justice Gregory F. Fitch retired from the Court of Appeal of BC and the Court of Appeal of Yukon April 30, 2024. Justice Fitch was appointed to the Court of Appeal on September 1, 2015, after a four year tenure on the Supreme Court of BC. His remarkable contributions to the jurisprudence of […]

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Sandra Sukstorf, Christopher Greenwood, Maegen Giltrow, K.C., Karrie Anne Wolfe, K.C., and Y. Liliane Bantourakis, newest BC Supreme Court judges

The Advocate

March 6, 2024

News release from Department of Justice Canada Read more https://www.canada.ca/en/department-justice/news/2024/02/minister-of-justice-and-attorney-general-of-canada-announces-judicial-appointments-in-the-province-of-british-columbia.html

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Lawyer warns ‘integrity of the entire system in jeopardy’ if rising use of AI in legal circles goes wrong

The Advocate

March 6, 2024

Some experts are concerned about what artificial intelligence could mean for the justice system CBC News Read more https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/artificial-intelligence-lawyers-law-nova-scotia-1.7126732

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Appointment of Associate Judge of BCSC – Lawrence Robinson

The Advocate

February 22, 2024

The Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of Associate Judge Lawrence Robinson in Vancouver. . A public welcoming ceremony for Associate Judge Robinson will be held on a date to be scheduled, and information about the welcoming ceremony will be posted on the Court’s website once it is available. For more information about […]

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Call and Admission Ceremony -Friday, March 1, 2024

The Advocate

February 22, 2024

This event will take place in the Great Hall at the Vancouver Law Courts at 1:30 pm. The ceremony will be conducted by the Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson.

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THE LAWYER SHOW 2024: Into the Woods

The Advocate

February 21, 2024

Tickets now on sale. Music and lyrics by Stephen SondheimBook by James Lapine. James Lapine and the legendary Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes […]

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What it takes to produce the BC Provincial Court’s highly rated annual reports

The Advocate

February 20, 2024

Posted online in December, the BC Provincial Court’s 2022/23 annual report has been praised as “fantastic” and “amazing”. Readers have said that it provides a succinct and comprehensive overview of the Court’s work while the photos, graphics, and design make it engaging and readable….. https://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/enews/enews-13-02-2024

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Improved transparency will fight money laundering

The Advocate

February 20, 2024

Investigating and accessing information about land ownership in B.C. is about to get easier for law enforcement agencies, journalists and researchers with the elimination of search fees for the Province’s Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR). “Money laundering fuels the toxic-drug crisis and gang violence on our streets and takes away housing from hard-working British Columbians who play […]

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New Provincial Court judges

The Advocate

February 9, 2024

Congratulations to Christopher Churchill, Karen Leung, Colleen Elden and Sheryl Wagner, our newest Provincial Court judges!- click “read more” for access to link B.C. appoints four new Provincial Court judges | BC Gov News

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BCCA updated policies

The Advocate

February 9, 2024

The BC Court of Appeal has updated the Court of Appeal Record and Courtroom Access Policy – click “read more” for access to link https://bccourts.ca/Court_of_Appeal/practice_and_procedure/record_and_courtroom_access_policy/PDF/Court_of_Appeal_Record_and_Courtroom_Access_Policy.pdf

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BCSC online booking system

The Advocate

February 9, 2024

Beginning in fall 2024, the Court will be transitioning to a fully online booking system for several different types of conferences, as well as for trials and lengthy chambers hearings in civil and family matters – click “read more” for access to link https://bccourts.ca/supreme_court/documents/Update_regarding_online_booking.pdf

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