The Provincial Court of BC has posted a great article, highlighting the job of the Native Courtworkers in British Columbia, what they can and cannot do.
This is another great recognition of the work behind the scenes that the Native Courtworkers perform in 59 court locations all over BC.
Although Native Courtworkers cannot provide legal advice or appear in court unless they have received instructions from a client or lawyer, the post also mentions article s.802.1 of the Criminal Code, informing the reader that as per this designation, Native Courtworkers can act as an agent and appear for a defendant in court to examine and cross examine witnesses if the defendant may be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term of more than 6 months and the client does not qualify for Legal Aid, cannot afford a lawyer and all other legal supports have been exhausted.
Echoing some of the recognition coming from Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Court Services Branch, Lynda Cavanaugh recognizes the important contributions of BC’s Native Courtworkers.
As an organization, we are proud of the job you do and grateful for the efforts towards providing “A Helping Hand to Justice” for all Indigenous people across the province.