Though the Heavens Fall

Though the Heavens Fall describes the Court of Appeal - what it is, what it does, and how it upholds values that are cornerstones of a free and democratic society. It highlights important changes, such as the introduction of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as gay marriage, and illustrates how concepts such as the rule of law and judicial independence are critical to the health of our justice system.

Set against the backdrop of a century of tumultuous social and political changes in British Columbia, this documentary unveils a complex portrait of the highest court in the province. Watch the video...

A teacher's guide is included with the video. Upon completion of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and function of the Court of Appeal and how it fits within our justice system
  • Explain what appeals are and why they are important
  • Describe how the Court of Appeal has been an important part of the legal processes in this province over the past 100 years
  • Describe how the Court of Appeal has reflected and helped define the evolution of social values and attitudes in BC over the past century
  • Understand some of the leading cases heard by the Court of Appeal and describe the impact they have had on the lives of British Columbians

Purchase Though the Heavens Fall DVD and Teacher's Guide: $20. Order this publication.