Animal Custody Judicial Review of Appeal Decisions

BCFIRB appeal decisions are subject to judicial review. This includes both decisions that come after hearings, and decisions to summarily dismiss appeals without a hearing.

To start a judicial review of a BCFIRB appeal decision, you need to file a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court within sixty (60) days of a BCFIRB panel decision. 

A petition must allege that BCFIRB

  • Made a patently unreasonable finding of fact or law or exercise of discretion,
  • Acted in a procedurally unfair manner, or
  • Made an incorrect jurisdictional decision.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, you can appeal to the Court of Appeal upon obtaining leave to do so (permission from a justice of the Court of Appeal).

Judicial Review Decisions

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board - December 19, 2013