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CBABC Media Coverage

Watch: Canadian Bar Association weighs in on the debate over bail reform

  • May 04, 2023

The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association is pushing back against the public perception that judges and prosecutors are to blame when repeat violent offenders are released back into the community on bail. CBABC President Aleem Bharmal joins Global News Morning to set the record straight.

Media Release

Statement from CBABC President on Judicial Independence

  • May 02, 2023

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch is concerned about the current public discourse that unfairly blames judges and prosecutors for releasing offenders back into the community on bail. Politicians from all parties have attempted to blame others for a difficult problem – addressing individuals with complex social problems who are accused, but not yet convicted, of crimes.

Professional Notice

NP 28: Current Court Operations

  • April 20, 2023

As COVID-19 still actively circulates in our communities and the requirement to self-isolate for those who test positive for COVID-19 continues, the Court recognizes the need to accommodate remote appearances in order to maintain court operations.

Legal News

Indigenous-led secretariat will help improve access to justice

  • April 13, 2023

To better address the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in the justice system and Indigenous children and youth in care, the Province has launched a new cross-ministry Indigenous Justice Secretariat, a commitment outlined in the BC First Nations Justice Strategy.