British Columbia’s practice directions on preferred gender pronouns in court are problematic
These requirements raise issues of compelled speech, privacy rights and judicial impartiality
By Shahdin Farsai
OPINION 05 Feb 2021
On December 16, 2020, both the BC Supreme and Provincial courts issued practice directions to lawyers that require parties and/or lawyers to state their preferred gender pronouns at the beginning of all court proceedings, which are “to be used” by all participants appearing before the courts including judges.
Jan 8, 2021 @ 9:55am ~ Carey Linde to The Advocate
On November 27, 2020, almost a month before the Chief Justice’s controversial practice directive, I was in chambers before Madam Justice MacDonald.