Common QuestionsProvincial Court Resources for Everyone: Criminal Court
Note: Over 95% of all criminal cases in BC are heard in Provincial Court. If the offence is a serious or "indictable" offence, you may have a choice to hold your trial in Provincial or Supreme Court.
Criminal Justice in BC | general info for everyoneFrom Ministry of Justice BC: Information and services for victims of crime, witnesses and the public. Explains the criminal justice system, BC Corrections, bail, parole, record suspension, etc.
Criminal Matters | hear from the Provincial CourtFrom the Provincial Court: What criminal matters do Provincial Court Judges deal with? Factsheets on: Basic Criminal Procedure, Sentencing, and a Frequently Asked Questions section on Criminal Law Matters.
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Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial | basic criminal court process stepsFrom Legal Services Society (LSS): For the accused person who wants to plead not guilty for a summary offence. Includes a sample letter to get a copy of the Information (document listing your offence) from Crown Counsel (prosecutor) and a basic glossary of terms.
- More Criminal Law Resources from LSS (Aboriginal Rights, How to Appeal, No Contact Orders, End Abuse, Speaking to the Judge before Sentencing, Drinking and Driving, etc.)
How a Criminal Trial Works | goes a little further than first stepsFrom Justice Education Society (JES): What Crown Counsel (prosecutor) has to do in a trial, how you can defend yourself, cross-examining witnesses, evidence you can use, final arguments, and the verdict.
- More Criminal Law Resources from JES (Peace bonds, Alternative Measures, how to set a trial date, etc.)
Defending Yourself Against a Criminal Charge | more on the trial processFrom the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch: More information on the criminal trial process in Provincial Court. Links to other criminal law-related fact sheets or “scripts”.
LSLAP Manual: Criminal Law | advanced readingFrom Law Students' Legal Advice Program: This chapter on criminal law focuses on criminal procedure and how to manage cases. It covers Charter rights in the criminal context, sentencing, and criminal records.
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