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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Weighs the Evidence: The process of looking at all the evidence to decide which parts carry the most weight or are more believable.

Will: A statement of what somebody wants to happen to his or her property after he or she dies, or a legal document containing this statement.

Witness: A person who has information relevant to the facts of the case. Witnesses are persons who testify in court because they have some information about the case. A witness may volunteer to testify or may receive a subpoena (a legal document which orders him/her to come to court at a certain time to testify). Usually a witness is only permitted to be in the courtroom to hear the testimony of other witnesses once his or her own testimony has been completed. This is to ensure that one witness is not influenced (affected) by what another witness says in court.

Writ: A written court order demanding that the addressee do or stop doing whatever is specified in the order.

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