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THE ADVOCATE 903 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 the Crown’s trial plan is to be delivered at least 7 days before the first case management conference. 15. For cases initiated by direct indictment, the date for delivery of the Crown’s trial plan will be discussed and set at the first case management conference, unless the Crown has been able to deliver it before then. Application Screening Conference 16. An Application Screening Conference, as described below in paragraphs 42–47, will be held within the following times (a) for cases where proceedings took place in the Provincial Court of B.C., within six months of the accused person’s first appearance in the Court, and (b) for cases initiated by direct indictment, within nine months of the accused person’s first appearance in the Court. 17. As mentioned above in paragraph 9, one or both parties may at an early stage ask the Chief Justice or the Associate Chief Justice or the case management judge to specify which timelines (in sub-paragraphs 16 (a) and (b) respectively) apply to disclosure and other steps, including the application screening conference. In addition, the defence may make such a request (or ask for a reconsideration) about the timelines for the application screening conference, shortly after receiving Crown disclosure. Voir Dires and Other Pre-Trial Applications 18. All voir dires and pre-trial applications are expected to complete within the following times (a) for cases where proceedings took place in the Provincial Court of B.C., within twelve months of the accused person’s first appearance in the Court, and (b) for cases initiated by direct indictment, within fifteen months of the accused person’s first appearance in the Court. In some situations, it may be appropriate for voir dire or pre-trial applications to be heard concurrently by two judges, in order for these timelines to be met. This will be a matter for consideration at the Application Screening Conference. The parties should also take this into account at the earlier stage of assigning or retaining counsel for the case. Trial 19. The trial is expected to conclude within the following times


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