The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal [Tribunal], is an independent, adjudicative Tribunal established under the Human Rights Code [Code].
The Tribunal manages all aspects of the complaint process toward resolution and/or adjudication of a complaint. It receives, screens, case manages, mediates, adjudicates and decides human rights complaints from BC citizens, consistent with the purposes set out in s. 3 of the Code.
The Tribunal receives over 1200 complaints per year of which about one third are rejected at the screening phase of the process. Accepted complaints may be dismissed on the basis of their timeliness or on preliminary application, resolved through mediation, or they may proceed to an evidentiary hearing for adjudication.
The Tribunal’s services are accessed directly by the parties. The complaint process is party-driven. The Tribunal does not investigate complaints. It conducts mediated settlement processes and evidentiary hearings throughout the province. Close to 80% of accepted complaints, which are not dismissed at a preliminary stage, are resolved by way of consensual mediation.
Hearings of the Tribunal are generally presided over by a single Tribunal Member.
More information can be found on the Tribunal’s website, www.bchrt.gov.bc.ca
The Chair and Members of the Tribunal are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council under the Code and the Administrative Tribunal Act [ATA].
The Tribunal exercises a quasi-constitutional jurisdiction in the adjudication and resolution of human rights complaints which carries significant independence and fundamental justice expectations similar to that of the civil courts.
Tribunal decisions are subject to judicial review by the courts.
The Tribunal’s work involves highly sensitive individual and systemic issues of high public, media, and political interest.
Delay in the determination of complaints has in the past been a controversial public issue.
Tribunal hearings are open and its decisions are available to the public.
Members are responsible for conducting up to 8 mediations a month. They are also involved in prehearing case management of complaints and preliminary decisions. They hear and determine complex cases under a quasi-constitutional jurisdiction and are required to render timely, well written decisions. Each member is responsible for producing between 80-100 decisions a year.
Competencies, Qualifications, Experience
Candidates must have the following qualifications:
- Legal training and education;
- Excellent legal writing and analytical skills
- Experience with the rules of evidence and litigation;
- Aptitude to conduct mediations through experience with mediations or ADR;
- Expertise in human rights law;
- Aptitude for impartial adjudication;
- Demonstrated ability to conduct hearings, analyse complex legal and constitutional issues, and produce timely, well-reasoned decisions;
- Ability to travel throughout British Columbia is required.
There is one full time vacancy coming available in January 2018.
An eligibility list may be established.
Under the ATA members may be appointed for a 2-4 year term which is renewable.
As per Treasury Board Directive 1/17, the salary range for full time members is $118,000 to $132,000.
Process to Apply
You may submit an application by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions about the position or the Tribunal please contact Andrea Nash, BC Human Rights Tribunal at 604-660-3068.