Courses

BCCAT courses

Custom Courses

Ask BCCAT to create a course or workshop that will suit the needs of your group. Find out how courses can be specifically designed to meet your tribunal members’ continuing education needs. BCCAT will come to you so you can save on travel costs for your members. The Law Society, the Civil Resolution Tribunal, and the ALC are among the many groups that take advantage of this customized training. Inquire Now


Current Course Offerings

Training for new and seasoned tribunal practitioners:

Administrative Justice
Practice & Procedures for Decision Makers

This 2 day course for newer tribunal members on their role and responsibilities covers:

  • Administrative law and the principles of Natural Justice
  • Conducting fair hearings and evaluating evidence
  • Writing clear, well-reasoned decisions
  • Independence, accountability and ethical conduct

Administrative Justice
Practice & Procedure for Post Secondary Educational Institutions

This 2 day course for specifically designed for decision makers in post secondary institutions covers:

  • Administrative law and principles of Natural Justice
  • Conducting fair hearings and evaluating evidence
  • Writing clear, well-reasoned decisions
  • Ethical and professional responsibilities for decision makers

Administrative Justice
Practice & Procedure for Staff Members

This 1 day course for tribunal support staff covers:

  • Basics of administrative law and Natural Justice
  • Introduction to judicial review in administrative law
  • Working with natural justice and procedural fairness
  • Dealing with difficult clients

Decision Writing Workshop
*Prerequisite course: Administrative Justice – Practice & Procedures for Decision Makers

This 2 day workshop, including lectures, discussions, writing exercises & individual feedback covering:

  • Adopt a reader-oriented perspective to making and writing decisions
  • How to enhance logic and flow
  • Writing clear, concise and coherent decisions

*Prerequisite course: Administrative Justice – Practice & Procedures for Decision Makers

Hearing Skills Workshop
* Prerequisite course: Administrative Justice – Practice & Procedures for Decision Makers

This 2 day workshop, including lectures, demonstrations and group exercises covering:

  • How to conduct fair and effective hearings
  • Guidelines for admitting evidence
  • Assessing credibility
  • Ethical and independence principles

*Prerequisite course: Administrative Justice – Practice & Procedures for Decision Makers

Inclusive Adjudication and Understanding Bias

Inclusive Adjudication & Understanding Bias is a course designed to engage participants in discussions about implicit bias and intercultural competencies that impact on the decision making of adjudicators.

Implicit biases and inter-culture competence affect everyone including decision makers who have a higher standard for fairness, ethical conduct, and fact-based decision making. This workshop will help you understand more about identifying your implicit biases and how to disrupt them, understanding the meaning and relevance of “intercultural competence” and its potential impact on our perceptions and decision making.

Participants will examine the potential effect of these concepts on their communications, assessment evidence and credibility, conduct a fair proceeding, determinations, and decision writing. Participants will have an opportunity to identify best practices in dealing with issues of diversity in their own tribunal.

Objectives

  • To understand what is “implicit bias” and how to disrupt implicit biases
  • To develop an understanding of culture and how it influences behaviour
  • To begin the conversation surrounding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and its impact on our decision making
  • To apply the principles and competencies to scenarios affecting administrative decision makers and tribunals

Until further notice, this course will be delivered online in three half-day sessions.

Adjudication Skills for the 21st Century: An Online Primer

This course was designed in partnership with the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals (CCAT), and is specifically designed for decision-makers who participate in oral hearings, individually or as part of a panel. It may also be of interest to those who conduct “file” hearings, since many legal principles that govern the conduct of such proceedings are the same. The audience may include:

  • Newly-appointed tribunal members
  • Tribunal members who want to deepen their understanding of conducting hearings and writing decisions
  • Assessing credibility
  • Tribunal staff members

During the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCAT will be providing course instruction via video conferencing. More information