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About Courtwatch

Powell River CourtWatch is a private non-profit organization which has implemented a much needed CourtWatch Program in Powell River. The goal is to monitor and evaluate Powell River’s criminal justice system from the public’s point of view. We feel that our justice system needs more input from the community it serves.

Many people think that court issues are secretive and hidden behind closed doors. CourtWatch brings information about our local judicial system to the public for review and scrutiny. Frankly, if we don’t know what is happening there is nothing we can do about it. If we do know then we can react.

It is hoped that by making people aware they will be able to react to problems and learn from other’s mistakes. There is also the ability for the public to monitor the judicial process and insure the cases are handled in a timely, fair, but expeditious fashion.

If one person is discouraged from committing an illegal offense because they know they may be subject to public scrutiny, the program is well worth the effort.

Our hope is for a community that is safe today and for our children’s future.

Download our brochure here

Powell River Law Courts
6953 Alberni

BC Government Agent building behind the bushes on Alberni StPowell River Law Courts are located at 6953 Alberni (behind the bushes)

Crown Council
6963 Alberni
J. Sinclair
A. Tully-Barr

Crown Counsel are employees of the Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney general. They ensure that charges are laid in appropriate cases and that prosecutions are conducted fairly, promptly and effectively.
In a criminal proceeding, Crown Counsel presents evidence that the government has gathered against the accused.

Crown Counsel:

  • are also referred to as prosecutors.

  • are appointed and assigned to cases by the Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

  • are independent and do not represent the government, the police or the victim of an offence.

  • represent the State (entire community) because in Canada a crime against one person is regarded as a crime against everyone.

  • review police files to determine if charges are warranted and if so, lay the charge.

  • deal with bail applications at all stages of a trial.

  • must disclose to the accused or defence counsel the evidence that will be presented in court in advance, as well as any other relevant information that may affect the case.

  • conduct the prosecution of cases up to and including any appeals.

  • present evidence to the court to prove that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that if a judge or jury, after hearing all the evidence, has a reasonable doubt about whether the accused is guilty, the accused receives the benefit of that doubt and will be acquitted.

 

Powell River Judges

 Judges MacGregor & Rae

There currently are about 150 Provincial Court Judges in various locations throughout the province. When appointed, each judge is assigned court chambers in a particular judicial district, though he or she may be required to travel to other locations from time to time, as required by the Chief Judge.

Most Provincial Court Judges work full-time. However, judges 55 or older, with at least 10 years of service, may elect to hold office as a part-time judge. In addition, some judges work after retirement on an ad hoc basis.

 

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