Notice to the Profession Calling for Judicial Justice Applications

  • June 15, 2018

JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF BC
NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION

Call for Applications for Judicial Appointments as Judicial Justice of the Provincial Court of BC

The Judicial Council of B.C. is looking for lawyers with a minimum of 5 years active practice as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (those with less legal practice experience may be considered if they have a range of related experience), who are interested in part time adjudication work as a Judicial Justice of the Provincial Court. This judicial work will be performed at various locations throughout the province.

British Columbia’s judicial justices are judicial officers who exercise authority under various provincial and federal laws. They are assigned a variety of duties by the Chief Judge. Some judicial justices preside in courtrooms throughout the province, hearing traffic matters and ticketable offences under provincial laws, as well as municipal bylaw matters. They may also conduct small claims payment hearings. Others are assigned judicial duties at the Justice Centre, where they consider search warrant applications and hear applications for detention or bail. Still others conduct criminal arraignment hearings and deal with applications under the Criminal Code in the Victoria Integrated Court, one of the province’s specialized courts.

For more information on judicial justices’ work, see section 30.2 of the Provincial Court Act and the Chief Judge’s current assignment of duties to judicial justices.

Qualifications: A law degree with a minimum of five years as an active practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia (those with less legal practice experience may be considered if they have a range of related experience). Must be eligible for appointment as a justice of the peace for British Columbia. Experience in criminal law and adjudication, dispute resolution, or other forms of decision-making on a professional level an asset but not essential. Demonstrated ability to deal effectively and professionally with people of diverse backgrounds in adversarial and stressful situations. Must be prepared to work shifts as part of an up to a 24 hour operation, including weekends and statutory holidays. Position may require travel. Professional references, medical report and criminal record check are required. See more here.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Judicial Council at the Office of the Chief Judge. If approved by the Council, candidates will be eligible to be recommended to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for appointment as a judicial justice at any time within a three year period following the interview, though no such appointment can be assured.

This position is a judicial appointment within the Provincial Court of B.C. and, currently, appointments will be on a part time basis for one fixed term of 12 years pursuant to the Provincial Court Act, section 30.2. Remuneration will be on a per diem basis as fixed by the Judicial Compensation Commission in accordance with the Judicial Compensation Act (currently $770.65 per day). The next Judicial Compensation Commission process will take place in 2019. It is expected that applicants will continue to practice law (other than criminal law) and devote a mutually agreed amount of time to the Court. Further information regarding the appointment process and the Court may be found at provincialcourt.bc.ca.

To apply, please submit an online application through the Provincial Court website.

DATE: June 15, 2018