For an easy-to-use and portable reference guide to British Columbia's criminal procedures, turn to British Columbia Annual Criminal Practice. This authoritative guide equips you for court with annotations and case law examples of the Acts and Rules, guiding you quickly and efficiently through the criminal process in British Columbia. Get complete access to the current text of the:
- Criminal Rules of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (annotated General Criminal Rules) – including updated procedures for practise in the Supreme Court of B.C.
- Supreme Court Practice Directions and Notices to the Profession
- Provincial Court Criminal Caseflow Management Rules with Forms and Practice Directions– for use in all B.C. Provincial Courts
- Criminal Appeal Rules with Forms and Practice Directives – to assist you in conducting criminal appeals
- Offence Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 338, fully annotated.
New in this Edition
- Practice Directions and Notices to the Profession: CPD-1 2013 and CRIM 008, amended to allow for expanded use of consent forms and workflow list for counsel
- Civil Practice Direction PD-23, “Television Coverage of Court Proceedings” has been replaced by PD-48, “Video Recording or Broadcasting of Court Proceedings”
Case Law Highlights
- R. v. Klos (2015 B.C.C.A.) – The question of whether an allegation of ineffective assistance of counsel involves a “question of law alone” pursuant to s. 124(1)(a) of the Offence Act is not clear
- R. v. Walton (2016 B.C.S.C.) – Criminal trial begins with a plea, not with an application for the production of records
- R. v. Winters (2016 B.C.P.C.) – Where accused chooses not to seek release on bail, he is not detained in custody and the trial is not given priority in scheduling
- Harms v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (2015 B.C.S.C.) – The right to access to a telephone pursuant to s. 7 of the Offence Act is inapplicable to Criminal Code offences. Furthermore, where there is a breach of s. 7 of the Act, the only remedy is set out in s. 7(2) of the Act
- R. v. Morshedian and Janani (2016 B.C.P.C.) – “costs of the investigation” into the offence is different from the “costs of prosecution”
- R. v. Jordan (2016 S.C.C.) – New framework established for granting a judicial stay due to a breach of the defendant’s right to be tried within a reasonable time
- British Columbia (Police Complaint Commissioner) v. Abbotsford Police Department (2015 B.C.C.A.) – An application to obtain access to a packet that has been sealed in a criminal proceeding is criminal in nature.
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