The Supreme Court of British Columbia is the province's superior trial court. The Supreme Court is a court of general and inherent jurisdiction which means that it can hear any type of case, civil or criminal. It hears most appeals from the Provincial Court in civil and criminal cases and appeals from arbitrations. A party may appeal a decision of the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal.
September 24, 2015
WELCOMING CEREMONY - MADAM JUSTICE CHOI AND MADAM JUSTICE YOUNG - NOVEMBER 10, 2015
The Welcoming Ceremony for the Honourable Madam Justice Grace Choi and the Honourable Madam Justice Barbara M. Young will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Vancouver Law Courts in Courtroom 55 at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the Welcoming Ceremony.
September 23, 2015
JUDICIAL RETIREMENT - THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE G. M. BARROW
The Supreme Court of British Columbia announces that the Honourable Mr. Justice Barrow retired from the Supreme Court of British Columbia at Kelowna on September 11, 2015.
September 4, 2015
Notice of publication ban in HENRY v. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN THE RIGHT OF BC [VA S114405]
August 27, 2015
SUPERIOR COURTS COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
British Columbia Court of Appeal Chief Justice Robert Bauman and Supreme Court of British Columbia Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson announce the appointment of the Honourable Bruce Cohen as the Superior Courts Communications Officer.
Mr. Cohen recently retired from the bench after serving the public with distinction for 28 years in the capacity of a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
In announcing the appointment of Mr. Cohen the Chief Justices recognize the important role that members of the media play in informing the public about the justice system and decisions of the Superior Courts. In this regard, they explained that Mr. Cohen will act as a spokesperson for the Superior Courts and as a liaison between the Superior Courts Judiciary and the media respecting the decisions of the Superior Courts and any initiatives undertaken by the Superior Courts to improve access to justice or to make the Superior Courts’ processes more efficient and affordable.
The Chief Justices also noted that the appointment of Mr. Cohen reinstates a position formerly held by the late Honourable Lloyd McKenzie, a retired member of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. During his tenure in the position of Superior Courts Information Officer, Mr. McKenzie acted as a liaison between the Superior Courts and the media in the interests of bringing clarity to the processes and decisions of the Superior Courts.
Mr. Cohen’s appointment will take effect September 1, 2015.