Supreme Court of BC Practice Direction: Form of Address

  • November 18, 2021

Effective Date: 2021/11/18
Number: PD- 60


This Practice Direction directs how counsel, litigants, witnesses and others are to address a justice in a courtroom.

Addressing Judges

  1. A justice is to be addressed as “Chief Justice”, “Associate Chief Justice”, “Justice”, “Madam Justice”, or “Mr. Justice” as the context requires.
  2. The use of the terms “My Lord”, “My Lady”, “Your Lordship”, and “Your Ladyship” is to be avoided.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice