Centre for Court Administration to be established at JIBC
Attorney General Shirley Bond announces new Centre during tour of JIBC with seven MLAs
Attorney General Shirley Bond announced a new JIBC training program for BC court administration staff while touring the Institute’s New Westminster campus December 7.
The Centre for Court Administration, a partnership between the Ministry of Justice and JIBC, is under development, with a launch date of early 2012. In its initial stages, the priority will be on new employees and training for staff in specialized areas of court administration work, such as criminal registry operations and court clerking.
Details are being finalized, but the program will include a combination of online courses, virtual classroom work, and in-person training at JIBC campuses in New Westminster and throughout the province. The first courses are anticipated to be offered in the next few months.
“With the new training program for court administrators, we will continue to promote efficiencies in our courts with staff who are knowledgeable and proficient in their duties,” said Minister Bond. “We are very pleased to be partnering with the JIBC on this new program. They have an exceptional track record in training many of people involved in our justice system, from the police on the street to the staff in our courtrooms.”
The addition of the Centre for Court Administration increases the number of divisions in JIBC’s School of Public Safety & Security to eight, and to 15 overall for JIBC’s three schools.
“JIBC is committed to ensuring that communities and courtrooms across the province are served by professionals who receive the finest education and training possible and contribute to a continuum of safety – from prevention to response to recovery,” said JIBC President Jack McGee. “We look forward to working with court administration staff to develop a program that meets their needs.”
The Ministry of Attorney General Court Services Branch has more than 700 court administration staff in more than 45 locations province-wide. They include court clerks, registry clerks and technicians, senior registry technicians, and managers who provide a vital service in communities across the province for judges, lawyers, and the public using the justice system.
JIBC’s Sheriff Academy is responsible for training sheriff recruits, who maintain security in all BC courthouses. In November, 34 deputy sheriffs graduated and are now working in courthouses throughout the province. Minister Bond announced at JIBC that the next class will have 24 sheriff recruits and commence January 23, 2012. BC’s more than 460 sheriffs work in 45 courthouses and 44 circuit courts.
Minister Bond toured JIBC with seven MLAs: Eric Foster, MLA Vernon-Monashee; Douglas Horne, MLA Coquitlam-Burke Mountain; Ralph Sultan, MLA West Vancouver–Capilano; Colin Hansen, MLA Vancouver-Quilchena; Dave Hayer, MLA Surrey Tynehead; Richard Lee, MLA Burnaby North; and Marc Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge-Mission. JIBC staff and faculty gave demonstrations of the Institute’s applied learning in the Dr. Donald B. Rix Public Safety Simulation Building and in the Paramedic Simulation Lab.
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Last updated April 5, 2017