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What is a Judicial Review?

BC Judicial Review Self-Help Guide

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A judicial review is a court action in which a judge reviews the decision of a tribunal or other legal decision-maker for serious errors or unfairness.

Tribunals are decision-makers set up by the government to resolve disputes and make decisions. For example, the Residential Tenancy Branch is a tribunal that adjudicates disputes between tenants and landlords. The Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal is a tribunal that considers appeals about income assistance and disability assistance.

This website explains how to represent yourself in a judicial review in the BC Supreme Court. It does not apply to judicial reviews in other courts such as the Federal Court (Canada). Select the tribunal that you have a decision from to learn more about the steps involved in a judicial review:

We recommend the use of the above web-based versions of the guide. If you are looking for a PDF version of the guide to print out, see this site’s print publications section. If you have any problems opening up the blank or example documents, please email us at [email protected] and tell us which documents you are having trouble with.

Judicial Review Blog Series

In these blog series, we provide a basic explanation of the main elements of Judicial Review. (Please note, these links will take you to another website.)

Intro to Judicial Review

Part 1: What is Judicial Review?
Part 2: Stay Applications
Part 3: Administrative Tribunals
Part 4: Glossary of Terms
Part 5: The Basics of Patent Unreasonableness
Part 6: The Basics of Procedural Fairness

Advanced Topics in Judicial Review

  1. Adequacy of Reasons