(Pixabay)

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Information in the public interest has long been available for all to see, from court cases to property values.

The internet has made these documents more accessible than ever to the public, including the news media.

Here’s a list of a few records in B.C. you might have thought were private, but are definitely not.

B.C. Court Services Online

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms upholds the principle that an open court supports public confidence and understanding in the justice system.

B.C. Court Services Online is a database of criminal files, traffic offences, civil cases and even family court.

If you or your lawyer files a lawsuit, or if you’ve stood in front of a judge in criminal or divorce court, the transcript of the hearings or the judge’s decisions, or both, are available at the courthouse or online. Exceptions include issues of personal safety or privacy.

That means anyone can view your name, the other parties’ names, and the contents of the case, providing they know the case is even happening.

ALSO READ: Kelowna man on trial for murder denies tossing hammer was throwing away evidence

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal rules on complaints of discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, family status, disability, and more on issues such as employment, tenancy, access to a public place such as a school, restaurant, or hotel.

The tribunal is a quasi-judicial body, so if you file a complaint, or if someone files one about you, any decisions made by the tribunal members are publicly available.

ALSO READ: White Rock Pride Society files human rights complaint against B.C. Catholic church

Regulated professions

Regulator authorities are responsible by law for setting out and enforcing standards of a profession in order to serve and protect the public.

In B.C., this includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, teachers, lawyers, police officers, architects, accountants, forestry workers, securities professionals, real estate agents, and others.

If you make a complaint, or a complaint is made about you, any resulting decisions may be published online to protect public safety.

ALSO READ: Delta music teacher suspended after telling student to kill himself

ALSO READ: Saanich doctor faces second suspension in connection with inappropriate behaviour

Property records

The assessed value of a property is publicly available on BC Assessment’s website, as well as its owners’ names, square footage, number of bathrooms, previous sales, and more.

ALSO READ: B.C. home to 5 of top 10 priciest penthouses in Canada


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Surrey Mounties arrest man trapped in cell phone repair shop

Man arrested as police respond to report of break-in in Guildford

Humboldt Broncos’ Straschnitzki in Surrey to play sledge hockey with Wickenheiser

Friendly game on Feb. 1 part of the Wickfest female hockey event in North Surrey

LETTER: Surrey mayor made me uncomfortable by bashing reliable ‘Now-Leader’

During a recent phone call, McCallum talked a lot about himself before disparaging newspapers

Two rescued from distressed boat in Boundary Bay

Marine rescue crews and police tasked out Monday evening

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Province asks health-care staff to be ‘vigilant’ in screening for possible coronavirus cases

This comes after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in Washington State

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

Protesters block B.C. government building entrance to support Wet’suwet’en First Nation

A letter with four demands was delivered to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Most Read