Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

February 07, 2012 19:13 ET

CBABC Welcomes Nine New Judge Appointments

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2012) - Sharon Matthews, President of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, welcomed today's announcement of nine new provincial court judges.

"The court system in BC has been under extreme stress due to backlog and delays in the courts, and the appointment of new judges is an important step in addressing problems that have built up over several years of reduced resources," said Ms Matthews. "The Attorney General and Government of BC are to be commended for responding with these appointments, especially during tough economic times, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this will make on the current crisis in BC's legal system."

Ms Matthews expressed the profession's continued concern that the backlog in BC's courts will not be cleared without additional legal aid for people who can't afford representation. "Litigants with representation, particularly in family law and poverty law matters, resolve their cases more quickly than those without it. Cases that would otherwise slow down the system due to unrepresented litigants can be more quickly resolved, and cases waiting behind can move ahead faster - including long-delayed criminal cases. With more judges and more legal aid funding, the current backlog in BC's courts can be quickly resolved, giving everyone time to focus on new ideas for increasing effectiveness and efficiency in the future."

The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,700 members in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Bar Association British Columbia
    Maureen Cameron
    Director of Membership, Volunteer and Public Affairs
    604.646.7850
    www.cba.org/bc