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.
August 5, 2014
SUPREME COURT MASTER APPOINTMENT
The Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of Master Sandra Harper to Vancouver effective August 5, 2014. For more information about Master Harper please see the press release issued by the Attorney General.
July 15, 2014
JUDICIAL RETIREMENT - THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS A. HALFYARD
The Supreme Court of British Columbia announces that the Honourable Mr. Justice Douglas A. Halfyard retired from the Supreme Court at Nanaimo on July 14, 2014.
July 14, 2014
FAMILY LAW PILOT PROJECT IN VANCOUVER AND NEW WESTMINSTER
Beginning September 2, 2014, the Supreme Court will implement a family law pilot project for a period of two years. Under the project, a roster of several judges in both Vancouver and New Westminster will be assigned to a fixed term rotation of family work, including trials, chambers and conferences. Generally speaking, the roster judges will be assigned to the family law rotation for a term of six months.
Legal Counsel will be engaged as a resource to the project. This initiative is timely in responding to the orderly development of jurisprudence under the Family Law Act, and in serving the needs of litigants in family cases, many of whom are self-represented.