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In December 2020, the Provincial Court of BC and the Supreme Court of BC introduced new directions on the use of pronouns and forms of address in court proceedings. The Court of Appeal revised its directions for appearing in court in 2019. To support these changes, the following resources have been prepared for members of the BC Bar.
Addresses common questions about sharing one’s pronouns, and provides a list of gender expression and identity definitions.
Includes a pronunciation guide along with examples of introductions and what can be included on the Supreme Court Appearance List.
In defence of B.C.'s pronoun practice directives
Op-Ed by Brad Regehr, CBA President 2020/21 & Jennifer Brun, CBABC President 2020/21
No Need to Guess: Title and pronoun use in BC courts are changing with the times. It's only common sense.
Article by CBABC SOGIC Co-Chairs Dustin Klaudt (he/him) and Lisa Nevens (they/them)
Other SOGIC executive and members provided vital input to this article, including: Naomi Moses (they/them), Grace McDonell (she/her), and Florence Ashley (they/them).
BC Provincial Court Notice to the Profession 24 (December 2020)
BC Supreme Court Practice Direction 59 (December 2020)
BC Court of Appeal Practice Directive “Appearing Before the Court” (October 2019)