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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
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.
1. The CCFM Practice Directions set out in Appendix A are rescinded.
2. These directions apply to all criminal proceedings in the Provincial
Court, including to proceedings in specialty and therapeutic courts to
the extent that the directions are not inconsistent with directions or
protocols specific to that court.
3. The following definitions apply to this Practice Direction:
a. “JCM” or “JCMs” means Judicial Case Manager(s);
b. “specialty and therapeutic courts” include Downtown Community
Court (Vancouver), Drug Treatment Court, First Nations Courts,
Victoria Integrated Court, Cowichan Domestic Violence Court and
other similar types of court;
c. “YCJA” means Youth Criminal Justice Act.
4. The JCM is a “trial scheduler” as defined in the CCFM Rules.
5. Where appropriate and reasonable, a reference to Defence Counsel
or, more generally, counsel, may be interpreted to include self-
represented accused. For clarity, this provision does not apply to paragraph
48 of this direction.