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

  • June 16, 2022

Effective Date: 16 June 2022
No. 2013/CPD-1 

PRACTICE DIRECTION

CRIMINAL CASEFLOW MANAGEMENT RULES
SIMPLIFIED FRONT END CRIMINAL PROCESS (2013)

ALERT: Until further notice, for the purpose of this Practice Direction, the Judicial Case Manager’s (JCM) office operates on a remote basis at this time. Accordingly, despite the directions set out below, any documents should be sent to a JCM by email, and any appearances before a JCM will by default be remote (without the need to request an appearance by alternate means). See the contact information for the applicable local JCM Officehere.

Purpose

The Criminal Caseflow Management Rules (CCFM Rules) were first approved by OIC 1356/99 pursuant to section 482(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The objectives of these rules included reducing time to trial, more effective use of judicial resources and increasing accessibility of the Court.

In 2012, the Court began the Provincial Court Scheduling Project which, in its first phase, focused on simplifying the front-end process. To support the changes, the CCFM Rules were amended in 2013, see OIC 484/2013. The Court continues to be committed to the efficient, effective and equitable use of judicial resources and the simplification of the process with the goals of improving accessibility and supporting the administration of justice in the province. The 2013 revisions reduce administrative processes by supporting the introduction of the new trial scheduling platform and allowing the Court to introduce new efficiencies to make the best use of judicial resources and for the benefit of counsel.

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.

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