Last week the Provincial Court of BC posted new policies regarding public and media access to its proceedings and records. The policies, which are available on the court’s website, will take effect February 28, 2011.
Provincial Court Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree outlined the policies in a media statement:
The policies seek to appropriately balance the vitally important principle of an open court with the judiciary’s overall responsibility for the fair administration of justice in individual cases.
The policies posted today cover such matters as:
- access to courthouses and courtrooms;
- access to court records;
- access to digital audio recordings of proceedings; televising court proceedings; and
- publication bans.