Introduction
Introduction

We recommend that you watch the introductory video first. It will provide you with an overview of the British Columbia court system, and this website.

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Glossary

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Damages: Damages include monetary compensation for financial loss, property loss, emotional injuries, physical injuries, loss of earnings, and costs of care.

Debt: An amount of money, a service, or an item of property that is owed to somebody.

Decision: The court hearing in which the Judge will give his/her ruling about the guilt or innocence of the accused or the sentence to be imposed. Also, it may refer to a ruling on a legal or evidentiary issue.

Defence Counsel: The lawyer representing the person charged.

Defendant: A person or company who is the person being sued in court.

Deliberation: The formal or official discussion or debate of something.  For example, the jury would deliberate on the verdict in a court case.

Direct Indictment: With the written consent of the Attorney General an accused may be tried on an indictable matter in Supreme Court without a preliminary inquiry preceding the trial.

Dispute: A disagreement or argument about something.

Divorce: An ending of a marriage by an official decision in a court of law.

Documents: A formal piece of writing that provides information or acts as a record of events or arrangements.  They can be used as evidence in trials.

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