884 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
JUDICIAL CASE MANAGERS
One of the objectives of the Court is to improve the use of judicial resources by
assigning most administrative and remand matters to JCMs. A full description of
the authority of JCMs is set out in the Chief Judge’s JCM Assignment of Duties
available at: <http://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/about-the-court/practicedirections/
6. The JCM may adjourn a matter to a later date or to appear before a
Judge for direction at the JCM’s discretion.
7. The JCM may direct time frames for a matter following discussion with
both Crown and Defence Counsel.
8. The failure to comply with any direction of a JCM may result in the
matter being referred by the JCM to a Judge.
INITIAL AND SUBSEQUENT APPEARANCES
A further objective of the Court is to move matters from the first appearance
through to a scheduled date in a timely manner. For this reason, most appearances
will be before a JCM. JCMs will schedule matters for appearance before a
Judge when necessary. Counsel may request a scheduled appearance before a
Judge or may request that a scheduled appearance be moved before a Judge (see
Scheduling an appearance before a Judge in this direction).
9. Subject to paragraph 15 and the JCM’s Assignment of Duties, all out-ofcustody,
non-contested appearances will be heard before a JCM.
10. Subject to paragraph 11, an in-custody accused may appear before a
JCM in the following manner:
a. videoconference, if available in the institution;
b. by counsel appearing as agent or designated counsel; or
c. audioconference, when approved in advance by the JCM.
11. Counsel must notify the Court Registry no later than 12:00 noon of the
business day prior to the scheduled appearance of an in-custody
accused for approval and instructions on arranging an alternate form of
appearance as contemplated in paragraph 10a and c.
12. Counsel is responsible for notifying the opposing counsel upon receiving
JCM approval for an alternate form of appearance by an in-custody
13. An accused, whether in-custody or out-of-custody, may be represented
before a JCM by:
a. designated counsel; or