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The opening ceremony for the Court will take place in April 2020. Further
details to follow in due course. The event will be open to the public.
An Indigenous Court is a sentencing court. It provides an Indigenous perspective,
based on a holistic and restorative approach, to sentencing Indigenous
persons who have acknowledged responsibility for their criminal
offence(s). Local Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have completed
a program of orientation give advice on a healing plan. The healing
plan may then be incorporated as part of a fit sentence for the Indigenous
person who has pled guilty.
For more information, please contact the Legal Officer, Office of the Chief
Judge, using the Media Inquiry Form at <https://www.provincialcourt.bc.
Provincial Court of British Columbia
Revised Criminal Orders Picklist Launched
Issued: 29 January 2020
VANCOUVER, B.C. — On January 29, 2020 the Provincial Court of British
Columbia launched revised Criminal Picklists containing standard wording
for bail, probation, and conditional sentences as well as associated orders
like driving and firearms prohibitions. Revising the picklists originally
adopted in 2017 involved the collaborative efforts of people representing all
parts of British Columbia’s justice system including Provincial Court Judges
and Judicial Justices, defence lawyers, Federal and Provincial Crown Counsel,
Community Corrections, various policing agencies, a plain language
advisor, and the Court Services Branch.
The revisions reflect recent amendments to the Criminal Code, including
changes to the language used when making release orders following bail
hearings; feedback from judges; and appellate rulings. However, the headings
and numbering scheme have not changed.
The revised Criminal Picklists are available on the Resources for Criminal
Cases page of the Court’s website.