Provincial Court of British Columbia Criminal Caseflow Management Rules
The Provincial Court of British Columbia, pursuant to section 482Footnote a of the Criminal Code and section 68 of the Young Offenders Act, hereby makes the annexed Provincial Court of British Columbia Criminal Caseflow Management Rules.
Return to footnote aS.C. 1994, c. 44, s. 35
Dated at Vancouver this 13th day of September, 1999
RULE 1Object, Application and Interpretation
Purpose of Rules
(1) The purpose of these Rules is to provide simple, effective and efficient management of all proceedings of a criminal nature in order to secure a just and timely determination of every case before the Court.
(2) The definitions in this subrule apply in these Rules.
accused includes a young person as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Young Offenders Act. (accusé)
- arraignment hearing
arraignment hearing means an arraignment hearing under rule 8. (audience de mise en accusation)
- arraignment report
arraignment report[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 1]
Court means the Provincial Court of British Columbia. (Cour)
- initial appearance
initial appearance means the required attendance of a person in court for the first time in respect of a charge, and includes an adjournment from such appearance. (comparution initiale)
judge means a judge of the Court. (juge)
proceeding includes a trial, application, preliminary inquiry or other hearing before the Court. (procédure)
- trial confirmation hearing
trial confirmation hearing[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 1]
- trial readiness report
trial readiness report[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 1]
- trial scheduler
trial scheduler means a justice assigned to schedule proceedings for the Court. (responsable du rôle)
Matters not Provided for in Rules
(3) If a matter is not provided for in these Rules, the practice is to be determined by reference to the purpose of these Rules and any practice directions issued under rule 3.
RULE 2Effect of Non-compliance
(1) A failure to comply with a rule is an irregularity and does not nullify a proceeding, a step taken or any record or order made in the proceeding.
Court May Grant Relief
(2) If there is a failure to comply with a rule, a judge may grant any relief the judge considers necessary to achieve the purpose of these Rules.
Judge May Dispense with Compliance
(3) If necessary in the interests of justice and in consideration of the purpose of these Rules, a judge may, by order and on any terms the judge considers just, dispense with or vary one or more of these Rules in a particular case.
RULE 3Practice Directions of Chief Judge
(1) The chief judge of the Court may issue practice directions consistent with these Rules and their purpose.
RULE 4Notice and Filing
Notice by Fax
(1) If a rule requires notice to be given to the Court, prosecutor or accused’s legal counsel, the requirement is satisfied if the notice is provided by fax to that recipient.
Where to File Records
(2) Subject to subrule (3), if a rule requires a record to be filed with the Court, the record shall be filed with the Court registry where the prosecution was commenced.
(3) If, as a result of an application to change the venue of a trial, the matter has been transferred for hearing to another Court registry, any record required by a rule to be filed with the Court shall be filed with that Court registry.
RULE 5Initial Appearance
Purpose of the Initial Appearance
(1) Subject to subrule (5), the purpose of the initial appearance is to set a timely date for the accused’s arraignment hearing.
If Accused not Represented by Legal Counsel
(2) If an accused is not represented by legal counsel at the initial appearance, the justice shall
Referral to Legal Counsel
(3) A justice may refer an accused who is not represented by legal counsel to duty counsel or other legal counsel of the accused’s choice before setting a date for the arraignment hearing.
(4) [Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 2]
Intention to Enter Guilty Plea
(5) If the accused indicates to the justice the intention to enter a guilty plea, the justice shall record the accused’s intention to plead guilty and set the matter to be heard by a judge
Referral to Judge
(6) A justice may at any time refer a matter to a judge for directions and the judge may make any order or give any direction that the judge considers necessary to achieve the purpose of these Rules.
(7) If an accused is to be held in custody until trial or preliminary inquiry, as the case may be, or if a judge determines that an accused requires that a time for trial be expedited, a judge may
RULE 6Crown Disclosure
(1) At the initial appearance or as soon as practicable after it, the prosecutor shall provide the accused or his or her legal counsel with disclosure required by law.
If Disclosure Issues Arise
(2) If at any time an issue arises concerning disclosure under this rule, any party to the proceeding may apply to a judge for directions.
(3) Nothing in this rule limits the ability
(a) of the prosecutor to provide further or better disclosure as it becomes available or as it is required by law, but such disclosure shall be made in a timely manner; or
(b) of the accused or his or her legal counsel to apply to a judge for further or better disclosure, but such applications shall be made in a timely manner.
RULE 7[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 3]
RULE 8Arraignment Hearing
Who Shall Attend
(1) Unless a justice orders otherwise, it is a requirement of the Court in both indictable and summary conviction proceedings that the following persons attend the arraignment hearing:
Powers of Judge
(2) At an arraignment hearing, the judge may
(a) call on the accused to make an election or enter a plea to the charges;
(b) make inquiries to
(c) give directions to the trial scheduler about the time to be set for the trial or preliminary inquiry;
(d) if there is no trial scheduler for that Court registry, set the time for the trial or preliminary inquiry;
(e) make any order or give any direction that the judge considers necessary to achieve the purpose of these Rules, to facilitate the trial or preliminary inquiry or to simplify or dispose of issues;
(f) adjourn the arraignment hearing to enable compliance with any order made or direction given under paragraph (e);
(g) adjourn the arraignment hearing and refer the accused, if not represented by legal counsel, to consult with duty counsel or other legal counsel of the accused’s choice; and
(h) hear one or more applications made in respect of the case, if it is convenient and practicable to the Court and all parties.
(3) Nothing in this rule abrogates solicitor-client privilege and the right of the accused to remain silent.
(4) If the accused enters a guilty plea at the arraignment hearing, the presiding judge may
(5) An accused who wishes to enter a guilty plea before the date set for the arraignment hearing may appear before a judge to do so on making the necessary arrangements with the trial scheduler in consultation with the prosecutor.
Setting Time for Trial or Preliminary Inquiry
(6) If the judge presiding at the arraignment hearing refers the matter to a trial scheduler for scheduling, the trial scheduler shall
(7) The trial scheduler may, before setting a time under subrule (6), refer any scheduling difficulties that arise to the judge who presided at the arraignment hearing, providing the judge with information about those difficulties.
RULES 9 AND 10[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 5]
RULE 11Adjournment of Trial or Preliminary Inquiry
Application of the Rule
(1) This rule applies to an application for an order to adjourn a trial or preliminary inquiry, after a time for an order has been set for the proceeding but before it commences.
When Application to be Made
(2) An application for an order to adjourn a proceeding referred to in subrule (1) shall be made to a judge at the earliest opportunity after the applicant or the applicant’s legal counsel becomes aware that an adjournment is necessary.
Notice of Application
(3) At least two days before the application for an order to adjourn is to be heard, notice of the application for an order to adjourn in Form 5 shall be filed with the Court and a copy of the notice given to each party, unless a judge dispenses with notice.
RULE 12Notice by Counsel
Prompt Notice to the Court
(1) Legal counsel shall promptly notify the Court of the following:
Counsel Assuming Conduct after Arraignment Hearing
(2) Legal counsel for the accused assuming conduct after the arraignment hearing shall promptly
Order for Continuation within 30 Days
(1) If necessary in the interests of justice and in consideration of the purpose of these Rules, the judge presiding at a proceeding that does not conclude within the time scheduled may order, on any terms the judge considers just, and having first consulted with the trial scheduler, that the proceeding continue within a 30-day period or less.
[Repealed, SI/2013-120, s. 6]
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- An application will be made by name of applicant to the court on month day year at time for an order to adjourn the
- ☐ trial
- ☐ preliminary inquiry
- currently set for month / day / year
- The facts on which this application is based are as follows:
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- SI/2013-120, ss. 1 to 6
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