The Provincial Court of BC recently announced the relaunch of its website, which had been undergoing incremental change for the past year. In keeping with the scope and reach of the Court and access to justice principles, the new features appear designed to offer accessible public and professional understanding of the Court, its operations, and its initiatives. The redesign features information about alternative dispute resolution, links for self-represented litigants, and updates about Court initiatives, among other things.
It should go without saying that the new site also continues to offer current case law, and I want to highlight the Court’s initiative to link to and embed its judgments as they appear on CanLII. The site also links to the CanLII RSS feed for alerts to new judgments. In addition, the site helpfully links free BC Laws sources of the full text of statutes that are often relevant to the processes in this Court.
A final highlight, and another effort advancing access to justice, is the engagement incorporated throughout the site. Social sharing links appear on each page, and a new subscription eNews service is offered. eNews offers links to quick updates via RSS or the Court’s Twitter feed. Indeed, I first learned of the new site by a tweet from the Court.
Of note in the news release is a call for feedback via an anonymous survey for all Court users.