The Court of Appeal is the highest court in the province. It hears appeals from the Supreme Court, from the Provincial Court on some criminal matters, and reviews and appeals from some administrative boards and tribunals.
The Court of Appeal has a registrar who, in addition to other administrative duties, hears matters related to the settling of orders and bills of costs.
August 15, 2014
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia announces with deep sadness the passing of the Honourable Mr. Justice Richard T. A. Low on August 15, 2014.
Justice Low was born in Rock Bay, British Columbia on July 30, 1940 and received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1964. Having articled with Crease & Company in Victoria, he was called to the bar in 1965. He then moved to Prince George, where he practiced with the firms of Cashman, Hope, Heinrich & Co and then Wilson, King & Company.
Justice Low was appointed to the County Court of Prince Rupert in 1977, to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1990, and finally to the Court of Appeal in 2000. At the time of his passing, he was the longest-serving federally-appointed judge sitting in Canada.
Justice Low will be remembered for his quiet good humour and ultimate gentleness of spirit, as well as his unparalleled breadth of experience as a judge.
The Honourable Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman stated, "I have known Dick Low since I was a young articled law student in Prince George. He mentored me and numerous young lawyers and judges over his long judicial career. For a man appointed at a very young age to the bench, he never lost his ability to relate to his greater community nor his empathy for the people who appeared before him. Judge Low was assuredly learned in the law but above all he was rich in common sense and an appreciation for simple justice."
The Court extends its deepest condolences to Justice Low's wife and family.
August 6, 2014
SPECIAL SITTING - IN HONOUR OF THE LATE HONOURABLE JOSIAH WOOD
There will be a special sitting of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in honour of the Honourable Judge Josiah Wood, a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia and a former justice of the Court of Appeal and of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Judge Wood passed away on 9 June 2014. This special sitting will be held on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in Courtroom 60 of the Vancouver Law Courts.
June 27, 2014
CIVIL PRACTICE DIRECTIVES - SUBMISSION OF ELECTRONIC FACTUMS & STATEMENTS, SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES
The Court has updated two of its practice directives. The first, Submission of Electronic Factums and Statements, will serve as an interim step while the Court's e-filing architecture is improved to allow factums to be filed. The major change is to make it mandatory, rather than optional, for the parties to deliver an electronic version of their factum or statement on CD-ROM, DVD, or memory stick when filing paper copies of factums or statements. It is effective on 1 October 2014. The second, Settlement Conferences, is an update from the Court's earlier directive, simplifying language and allowing a justice in chambers to refer appeals to the program. It is effective immediately.
June 27, 2014
CIVIL PRACTICE NOTE - COURT SITTINGS IN KAMLOOPS AND KELOWNA
The Registrar has updated the practice note titled Court Sittings in Kamloops and Kelowna. Recognizing that appeals are frequently of significance to the local community, the Court will now hear appeals originating from Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton and Salmon Arm in either Kamloops or Kelowna unless the Registrar directs otherwise. This practice note is effective immediately.