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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Election: For most indictable offences (with the exception of murder and some offences which must be tried in Provincial Court), the accused is entitled to choose (elect) how to be tried: by a Provincial Court Judge, a Supreme Court Judge, or a Supreme Court Judge and Jury.

Evidence: Usually oral testimony by witnesses but can also be documentation and exhibit tendered by the Crown or defence to prove its case.

  • Admissible Evidence: Evidence that may be received by a trial Court to aid the Judge or jury.
  • Inadmissible Evidence: Evidence that may not be received by a trial Court, generally because it is explicitly disallowed by some specific rule of exclusion, for example, the hearsay rule.
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