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.
January 3, 2017
JUDICIAL RETIREMENT - THE HONOURABLE MADAM JUSTICE SANDRA K. BALLANCE
The Supreme Court of British Columbia announces that the Honourable Madam Justice Ballance retired from the Supreme Court of British Columbia at Vancouver on December 31, 2016. Madam Justice Ballance was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2002.
December 19, 2016
RELOCATION OF MR. JUSTICE PUNNETT TO VICTORIA - DECEMBER 12, 2016
Effective December 12, 2016, Mr. Justice Punnett is relocated from Prince Rupert to Victoria as resident judge of the Supreme Court. Mr. Justice Punnett replaces Mr. Justice Johnston of Victoria who elected supernumerary status on December 12, 2016. This will leave a vacancy in Prince Rupert for the present time.
November 14, 2016
JUDICIAL LAW CLERK PROGRAM - 2018-2019
Applications are being accepted to the Judicial Law Clerk Program for 2018-2019 from January 2- January 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm PST, with interviews to be scheduled throughout February and March, 2017. For more information about the Judicial Law Clerk Program including the required qualifications and application process, please click here.
November 7, 2016
WELCOMING CEREMONY– MADAM JUSTICE MACNAUGHTON, MADAM JUSTICE MURRAY AND MADAM JUSTICE DEWITT-VAN OOSTEN – JANUARY 20, 2017
The Welcoming Ceremony for the Honourable Madam Justice Heather M. MacNaughton, the Honourable Madam Justice Catherine A. Murray and the Honourable Madam Justice Joyce DeWitt-Van Oosten will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, in the Great Hall at the Vancouver Law Courts at 4:15 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the Welcoming Ceremony.