British Columbia Court of Appeal Criminal Appeal Rules, 1986 (SI/86-137)

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British Columbia Court of Appeal Criminal Appeal Rules, 1986

SI/86-137

CRIMINAL CODE

Registration 1986-08-06

British Columbia Court of Appeal Criminal Appeal Rules, 1986

Title

 These Rules may be cited as the British Columbia Court of Appeal Criminal Appeal Rules, 1986.

  • SI/91-81, s. 2.

Interpretation

  •  (1) In these Rules

    appeal

    appeal includes an application for leave to appeal; (appel)

    appellant

    appellant includes an applicant for leave to appeal; (appelant)

    court

    court means the Court of Appeal; (Cour)

    defendant

    defendant means the person who has been convicted, sentenced or had some other order, finding or determination made against him; (défendeur)

    file

    file means to file with the registrar in a registry of the court; (déposer)

    justice

    justice means a justice of appeal; (juge)

    notice of appeal

    notice of appeal includes a notice of application for leave to appeal; (avis d’appel)

    order under appeal

    order under appeal means the conviction, acquittal, sentence, finding, determination or other order in respect of which the appeal is brought; (ordonnance frappée d’appel)

    registrar

    registrar includes

    • (a) an assistant, associate or deputy registrar of the court, and

    • (b) any person appointed by the chief justice to temporarily carry out the duties of the registrar; (greffier)

    respondent

    respondent means

    • (a) the prosecutor, where the appellant is the defendant, and

    • (b) the defendant, where the appellant is the prosecutor. (intimé)

  • (2) The definitions in sections 2 and 673 of the Criminal Code apply to these rules.

  • SI/91-81, s. 3.

Application of Court Rules and Practice Directives

  •  (1) The Court of Appeal Rules (Civil), B.C. Reg. 303/82, as amended from time to time, apply to appeals on matters that are not expressly provided for in these rules.

  • (2) The court may issue practice directives on any matter respecting appeals.

  • (3) On an appeal, the court or a justice may give all directions respecting the conduct of the appeal that it or he considers necessary.

  • (4) The court and a justice have, in relation to an appeal, all of the powers that they have under the Court of Appeal Act, S.B.C. 1982, c. 7, and the rules made under that Act, with any necessary changes as may be applicable.

PART ICommencement of Appeals

Appeal by the Defendant

  •  (1) A person who wishes to appeal against conviction, sentence, or conviction and sentence, shall, within 30 days after the imposition of the sentence, commence the appeal by filing an original and four copies of

    • (a) Form 1 or 1A, where the defendant is represented by counsel; or

    • (b) Form 2, where the defendant is not so represented.

  • (2) Where more than 30 days have lapsed since the imposition of the sentence, a defendant may apply for an extension of the time to appeal by filing an original and one copy of Form 7.

  • (3) The registrar shall forward a copy of the filed Form 1, 1A, 2 or 7 to the prosecutor.

  • SI/91-81, s. 4.

Appeal by the Prosecutor

  •  (1) Where the prosecutor wishes to appeal, he shall, within 30 days after the pronouncement of the order under appeal,

    • (a) file five copies of the notice of appeal in Form 3; and

    • (b) serve the respondent or proposed respondent with the notice, either before or after it is filed.

  • (2) Where the prosecutor is unable to personally serve the notice of appeal on the respondent, the court or a justice may authorize the prosecutor to serve the respondent in the manner that the court or a justice directs.

  • (3) On compliance by the prosecutor with an order under subrule (2), the respondent shall be deemed to be served with the notice of appeal.

Notice of Appeal

  •  (1) The notice of appeal shall be in Form 1, 1A, 2 or 3, as the case may be.

  • (2) The appellant shall state his address for service on the notice of appeal and any document respecting the appeal that is delivered to that address shall be deemed to have been served on the appellant.

  • (3) Where an appellant, who is not represented by counsel, is in custody at the time he files notice of appeal, he shall state the name of the institution in which he is in custody together with another address for service other than that institution.

  • (4) The registrar shall forward a copy of the notice of appeal to the judge who made the order under appeal.

  • (5) A notice of appeal may be amended at any time by consent or with leave of the court or a justice.

  • (6) A notice of appeal may be amended without leave

    • (a) at any time up to 14 days before an appeal is set to be heard, where factums are not required; or

    • (b) at any time before the appellant files his factums in an appeal, where factums are required.

  • (7) Where the notice of appeal is amended, the appellant shall file and serve the amended notice of appeal.

  • SI/91-81, s. 5.

PART IIAppeal Book and Transcript — Appeals other than Sentence Appeals

Application

 Rule 9 of this Part does not apply to an appellant or respondent who is not represented by counsel.

Filing of Appeal Book and Transcript of Evidence

 Unless otherwise ordered by the court or a justice, the appellant shall, within 60 days after filing the notice of appeal,

  • (a) file four copies each of an appeal book and transcript or such additional copies as may be required by the registrar; and

  • (b) deliver one copy of the appeal book and transcript to the respondent.

Form and Content of Appeal Book and Transcript

  •  (1) The appeal book shall be bound separately in a volume having a blue cover and shall be in Form 4 and comply with the requirements of that form.

  • (2) The transcript shall be bound separately in a volume having a red cover and shall be in Form 5 and shall comply with the requirements of that form.

  • (3) The appeal book and transcript shall be printed

    • (a) in 10 point type;

    • (b) only on the left side of the page; and

    • (c) on durable white paper having dimensions of 21.5 cm by 28 cm.

  • (4) The arguments of counsel shall not be reproduced in the transcript without good reason.

  • (5) Where the number of pages exceeds 300, an appeal book or transcript shall be bound into two or more volumes, numbered consecutively with each volume containing not more than 200 pages.

  • (6) Each volume of the appeal book or transcript shall show

    • (a) what pages it contains; and

    • (b) an index in accordance with page 2 of Forms 4 and 5.

  • (7) The appeal book shall contain

    • (a) an index;

    • (b) a copy of the information or indictment;

    • (c) a copy of all exhibits that are capable of reproduction;

    • (d) a list of all exhibits and affidavits that have been excluded under Rule 9;

    • (e) a copy of the order under appeal;

    • (f) a copy of the notice of appeal; and

    • (g) where there will be no transcript prepared for the appeal, the statement referred to in paragraph (8)(c).

  • (8) The transcript shall contain

    • (a) an index and, where there is more than one volume, the complete index shall be included in each volume;

    • (b) all rulings of the trial judge, his reasons for judgment or charge to the jury, as the case may be; and

    • (c) a statement of the evidence that has been excluded under Rule 9.

  • (9) The transcript shall not contain

    • (a) proceedings on the challenge for cause of the array or of a juror,

    • (b) the opening address of the judge,

    • (c) the opening and closing addresses of counsel,

    • (d) all proceedings in the absence of the jury except

      • (i) rulings on the admissibility of evidence following a voir dire or otherwise, or

      • (ii) objections to the judge’s charge, and

    • (e) objections to the admissibility of evidence other than a statement that an objection was made

    unless

    • (f) the grounds of appeal relate to a matter referred therein;

    • (g) in respect of the items in paragraphs (a) to (e), the court or a justice orders that one or more of those items be included; or

    • (h) the appellant and respondent agree that one or more of the items be included.

  • (10) Unless the registrar directs, where the appellant and respondent agree on a statement of facts that are relevant to the appeal, the appellant may, instead of filing a transcript, include the agreed statement of facts

    • (a) in the appeal book, or

    • (b) in a separately bound volume with a red cover

    as the parties agree or the registrar directs.

  • (11) The registrar may reject an appeal book or transcript that does not comply with the rules or any order made under them and, on making a rejection, he shall promptly advise the appellant and the respondent of his rejection and the reasons for it.

  • SI/91-81, s. 6.
 
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