BC Court System

Provincial Court: The first level in the BC court system which covers:

  • Criminal (first appearances and less serious crimes)
  • Family (child custody and maintenance)
  • Youth (ages 12 to 17)
  • Traffic and municipal bylaw matters
  • Small claims (disputes less than $10,000)
  • Provincial Court Services available in Nelson and Rossland Courthouses (see separate listings for each Courthouse and areas served)
  • Circuit courts only, held in Castlegar, Nakusp and Grand Forks
  • The BC Provincial Court has set up a web page with links to articles explaining what people can expect during different types of court proceedings.
  • BC Provincial Court Home page

Supreme Court of BC: The province's superior trial court:

  • Hears civil cases including divorce, libel and disputes over $10,000.
  • Any civil case can go to the Supreme Court.
  • Hears serious criminal cases including murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, bank robbery and major drug cases.
  • Sometimes hears appeals from the Provincial Court.
  • Cases heard in Rossland and Nelson Courthouses (see separate listings for each Courthouse and areas served).
  • BC Supreme Court Home Page

Court of Appeal for BC: Highest court in the province headed by the Chief Justice of BC

  • A group of 3 to 5 judges hears appeals from the two lower courts in both criminal and civil cases.
  • Court judges sit regularly at the Law Courts in Vancouver and from time to time in Victoria, Kamloops and Kelowna.
  • Court of Appeal Registry Office is in Vancouver
  • BC Court of Appeal Home Page

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