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Professional Notice

CRIM 12 Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences

  • June 16, 2022

There are two main purposes behind these pre-trial conferences. The first is to reduce the number of files being set for trial by helping to ensure that only those requiring a trial are actually set for hearing. The second purpose is to manage those files that are to be set for trial to ensure that accurate time estimates have been determined prior to dates being set and ensure hearings complete on time as scheduled.

Professional Notice

No. 2013/CPD-1 Criminal Caseflow Management Rules Simplified Front End Criminal Process (2013)

  • June 16, 2022

This Practice Direction supports the objectives of the 2013 revision to the rules and process. These directions will be interpreted in a manner consistent with the intention and spirit of the requirements of the Criminal Code of Canada and the CCFM Rules. I make the following Practice Direction pursuant to my authority under the Provincial Court Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 379, and Rule 3 of the CCFM Rules.

Legal News

Celebration of Life for Robert 'Bob' Watson

  • June 15, 2022

Robert ‘Bob’ Watson, one of Watson Goepel LLP’s founding partners, passed away on Friday, June 4th, 2021. A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 22th, 2022.

Media Release

Six BC Lawyers recognized at CBABC Bar Awards celebration

  • June 14, 2022

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch honoured several outstanding BC lawyers in 2022, all of whom have contributed to the cause of justice. This year’s deep pool of nominations led to a record number of six award recipients.