THE ADVOCATE 251
VOL. 79 PART 2 MARCH 2021
Supreme Court of British Columbia
Title: Forms of Address for Parties and Counsel in Proceedings
Effective Date: 16 December 2020
This Practice Direction clarifies how parties and/or counsel can advise the
Court, other parties, and counsel of their pronouns and form of address.
1. At the beginning of any in-person or virtual proceeding when parties or
counsel are introducing themselves, their client, a witness, or another
person, they should provide the judge or justice with each person’s
name, title (e.g. “Mr./Ms./Mx./Counsel Jones”) and the correct pronouns
to be used in the proceeding.
2. If a party or counsel do not provide this information in their introduction,
they will be prompted by a court clerk to provide this information.
Christopher E. Hinkson
By the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C.*