Lesson 8: Supreme Court of BC

Topic 1: Jurisdiction of the Court

The following information is taken from www.SupremeCourtBC.ca, a website that introduces people to the Supreme Court of BC.

The Supreme Court is the highest trial court in British Columbia. It hears civil cases over $25,000, family law cases involving divorce and custody, as well as serious criminal cases. The Supreme Court also hears appeals of Provincial Court cases. There are currently about 100 justices and masters that hear cases province wide. Supreme Court orders cannot be altered by the Provincial Court. Only the Court of Appeal for BC or the Supreme Court of Canada can modify or overturn the decisions of the Supreme Court of BC.