MS Teams and Virtual Hearings in the Provincial Court of BC 

May 28, 2020
Webinar Online

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Introduction to MS Teams, Expectations, and Lessons Learned



Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie, Provincial Court of BC
Associate Chief Judge Susan Wishart, Provincial Court of BC
Karen Leung, Legal Officer, Office of the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of BC
Ryan Mahar, Executive Director Organizational Services, Provincial Court of BC
Longine Chung, OCJ Judicial Case Manager

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020  | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Pacific Time)


Free of Charge

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CPD Hours: 1 Hour of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.
This webinar is accredited for Practice Management.


As a result of the pandemic, court proceedings are being held remotely by audioconference or videoconference.

Join us for a discussion of how Microsoft Teams is being employed by the Provincial Court for court proceedings, obtain a greater understanding of best practices and expectations of the Court of counsel, and valuable lessons learned during the initial launch.

Read NP 21 Guide to Remote Proceedings in advance of the webinar and for background information NP 19 COVID-19: Commencing Recovery of Some Court Operations.

Time will be reserved for questions and answers.


About Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie, Provincial Court of BC

Chief Judge Gillespie was appointed an Associate Chief Judge for a two year term in April 2016 and re-appointed for a three year term in April 2018. A member of the Board of Directors of the Justice Education Society, she has participated in a Justice Education Society project to strengthen the criminal justice system in Guyana.

She was appointed Acting Chief Judge on May 7, 2018 and appointed Chief Judge on October 19, 2018.

About Associate Chief Judge Susan Wishart, Provincial Court of BC

In May of 2016 Judge Wishart was appointed Associate Chief Judge and appointed to Judicial Council commencing in July of 2016. As Associate Chief Judge, she serves on various committees including access to justice initiatives, court technology, and business intelligence. She has participated in changes to the Small Claims Rules and the Court’s planning to accommodate the implementation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2017. She is also involved with the specialized courts across the province including Indigenous Courts, Downtown Community Court and Drug Treatment Court in Vancouver, and Victoria Integrated Court.

About Karen Leung, Office of the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of BC

Karen Leung joined the Office of the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of BC in September 2013 as a Legal Officer.

Prior to joining the Provincial Court, Karen  taught Legal Analysis (Law 110) in the School of Legal Studies at Capilano University. She practised law with Davis LLP (2006-2013) and Lindsay Kenney LLP (2003-2005), after completing her  LL.B at the University of British Columbia.

Ryan Mahar, Executive Director Organizational Services, Provincial Court of BC

Ryan Mahar serves as the Provincial Court’s Executive Director of Organizational Services.  Prior to joining the Provincial Court in late September 2019, Ryan had previously been employed by the Ministry of Attorney General, Court Services Branch for 25 years, 15 of those years as a manager at Surrey, Abbotsford and New Westminster and had also worked as a court clerk and supervisor in Kelowna.  Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from Simon Fraser University. While working for Court Services Branch, Ryan was nominated and was a finalist for both a Regional and Provincial Premier’s Award in Leadership in recognition of his contribution to creating a ‘Top Work Unit’ award recognizing high staff engagement and morale at the New Westminster Law Courts.

Longine Chung, OCJ Judicial Case Manager

Longine Chung serves as the Office of the Chief Judge, Judicial Case Manager, as well as Product Manager for the Provincial Court Scheduling System. Prior to joining the Provincial Court, Longine had previously been employed by the Ministry of Attorney General, Court Services Branch for 10 years in various positions. Through that time, he has been a part of extensive changes to the courts, including change management and implementation projects for both Court Services, as well as the Provincial Courts.  During the COVID-19 crisis, Longine has been assisting the Court by conceptualizing the use of MS Teams in virtualizing the Provincial Court.


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
This webinar is hosted by CBABC, which is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.

Technical Instructions
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ZOOM - We will be using Zoom to facilitate this webinar. If you have not used Zoom before, please watch this video prior to the webinar to familiarize yourself with the platform.

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• Please ensure your computer speakers are working properly as audio will be delivered entirely over the computer.
• Earphones are recommended for the best sound quality.

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