The Summit Experience


Panel Presentations

Panel presentations exploring the two subtopics will be utilized to provide case studies of successes and challenges that the justice sector experienced in navigating through these unprecedented times. The panel presentations will involve justice sector staff and external partners who exemplified leadership, collaboration, and innovation in their work to protect and serve British Columbians throughout the past two years.


Breakout Sessions

Following each panel presentation, Summit participants will be placed into virtual breakout sessions, where Justice Summit Working Group members will facilitate engaged discussion on participants own experiences in the past two years.

The intent of these breakout discussions is to seek the perspective of Summit participants with respect to their own experiences as justice sector leaders in responding to recent emergency events. Participants will be solicited for their impressions regarding future strategies and practical approaches for improving justice sector resiliency moving forward. This may include reviewing successes, challenges, thinking about what the sector should maintain moving forward, and what should be considered in preparing for future emergency events.

While participants are encouraged to bring all their ideas to the table, the Justice Summit challenges individuals to be innovative and think big about transformative possibilities within the sector.


Report-back Sessions

Following each of the breakout sessions, there will be a report-back session where a volunteer from each breakout session will provide key takeaways from their group to the broader Summit participants.


Recommendations and Reflections

Toward the end of the day, participants will engage in plenary discussions on themes and potential recommendations that came from the breakout and report-back sessions. A summary presentation on the day will be shared, and a forum will be open for discussions and reflections from Summit participants, including considerations for future Summit planning.


The Justice Summit maintains the principles of non-partisanship, non-attribution, and respect for organizational and statutory independence. We are grateful that members of the judiciary, including the heads of our three courts, are again joining the Justice Summit.  We appreciate their participation.  We trust, consistent with previous Justice Summits, that everyone will respect that because of the courts’ independent role, the judges and judicial staff are participating as observers and will not be commenting on, endorsing or suggesting policy choices, recommendations or other substantive matters.