New Superior Courts of BC Website
Some notable improvements and features:
- Neutral search template right on the homepage
- Decisions open in new tabs
- User can choose to view the case as is or with search terms highlighted
- Browse decisions by name, neutral cite, date
- Advanced search template lets you search by judge/master, neutral cite, full text, date, registry, docket number, and court level
- Boolean searches are supported; the default is a phrase search
- Judge/Master field offers drop-down choices for last names
- Advanced operators include wildcards (asterisk), proximity searching, Boolean (though you must spell out AND, OR, and NOT -- i.e., an ampersand for AND will not work)
All in all, the site looks fresh and modern. There's only one thing left on my wishlist: site search.
While the judgment search function has been greatly improved, there's still no site search. With such a wealth of information contained in the court's non-judgment subpages (for instance, FAQs, lists of judges, annual reports, links, practice directions, etc.), it's a shame that users are forced to browse, and don't have the option to search.
One last note: The new BC Courts site renders better in IE and Safari than in Firefox, but searching appears to work fine across all three.