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910 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 and other procedural steps, and arrange for the applications to be heard (e) identify other voir dires or pre-trial applications the parties will seek or bring, and discuss the timelines and other procedural steps leading toward the application screening conference (f) identify issues in the proceeding that arise also in another proceeding, and discuss whether the Chief Justice or the Associate Chief Justice should be asked to consider appointing a single judge to hold a joint hearing for the purposes of both proceedings (under s. 551.7 of the Criminal Code) (g) identify any issues or matters that could usefully be referred to a different case management judge (h) in anticipation of the application screening conference, discuss whether voir dires or pre-trial applications could appropriately take place concurrently before two judges, in order to help the progress and efficiency of the proceedings (i) identify any issues or matters that may require a specialized procedure at any stage, such as restrictions on access to the courtroom or on publication of the proceedings (j) discuss whether a change in the accused person’s election as to mode of trial, if he or she favours such a change, would assist the progress of the case, and (k) schedule the trial to complete within a reasonable time, and help ensure that the parties are ready to proceed as scheduled. APPLICATION SCREENING CONFERENCE The main purpose of the application screening conference is to identify the voir dires and pre-trial applications that will be heard, and to specify how, and according to what schedule, they will be heard and determined well in advance of the trial. The accused person will generally be present for the application screening conference. Timing 42. An application screening conference will be held within the time periods described in paragraph 16 above, namely (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


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