THE ADVOCATE 95
VOL. 78 PART 1 JANUARY 2020
By the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Q.C.*
British Columbia Court of Appeal
Practice Directive (Civil and Criminal)
Title: Appearing before the Court
Issued: 11 October 2019
Cite as: Appearing before the Court
(Civil & Criminal Practice Directive, 11 October 2019)
This practice directive deals with introducing and addressing either a division
of the Court of Appeal, a Justice in chambers, or a Registrar. It is primarily
for the benefit of more recently called members of the legal
profession who are, or will be, making their first appearances before the
Court, but may also be of use to those who are self-represented.
The practice before the Court is as follows:
• Counsel are required to gown for all hearings before a division of justices.
Counsel are not required to gown for hearings before a single justice.
Counsel who are pregnant or have a disability or other reason
affecting the ability to fully gown may appear in alternate gowning
attire as appropriate to their circumstances;
• The appellant(s) or their counsel sit on the left side of the courtroom
(facing the bench) and the respondent(s) or their counsel sit on the
• Before the judges enter the courtroom, the appellant(s) or their counsel
and the respondent(s) or their counsel advise the court clerk their