Government of B.C.

About B.C.'s Justice System

Last Modified: 2016-10-19

British Columbians expect the justice system to keep their communities safe and to provide certainty, proportionality and, above all, fairness when it deals with criminal, civil and family law matters. They expect an accessible system that overcomes barriers like distance, and which makes information and options clear. And they expect the system to be affordable. The B.C. government is transforming justice services in ways that meets these expectations.

Justice Reform Initiatives

The B.C. government is modernizing and transforming justice services in a way that meets the needs of British Columbians. In particular, it is aiming to create a transparent justice system capable of delivering timely, well-balanced services.

Justice Data

The B.C. government is working to create a transparent justice system capable of delivering timely, well-balanced services. As part of this effort, the Ministry of Justice is making data about the justice system available publicly through this website.

Statutes, Regulations & Policy

The Ministry of Justice often consults with British Columbians on legislation and policy. One method is to publish a discussion paper with an invitation to the public to respond. Another means is to use an online survey to solicit input. Public feedback is important because it helps government shape new laws and policies.

Recent Inquiries

Under the Public Inquiry Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may issue an order establishing a commission to inquire into and report on a matter of public interest.

Judicial Compensation

The Judicial Compensation Act requires that an independent commission be appointed every three years to consider and report on all matters respecting the remuneration, allowances and benefits of judges and judicial justices.

Mediation

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes together. The people involved in a dispute meet and talk with the help of mediator.  The mediator will help the people define their problem so they can try to resolve it.

Justice Access Centres

The justice access centres are the place to come when you need help with family and civil law issues that affect your everyday life, such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt. We offer a range of information and services designed to help people find an early and affordable solution.

Publications

The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General produce publications about a range of subjects, including public legal education and information, justice reform initiatives, policing, human trafficking and victim services.

Legal Advice

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Justice Services Branch

The Justice Services Branch (JSB) is responsible for all provincial government family justice programs and services. It encourages and puts in place alternatives to court wherever possible and promotes the greatest possible public access to the British Columbia justice system.

Crowns, Agencies, Boards & Commissions

Agencies, boards and commissions are essential to the governance of the province. The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are responsible for a number of agencies, boards and commissions with mandates relating to justice, public safety and regulatory issues.
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