The Court of Appeal is the highest court in the province. It hears appeals from the Supreme Court, from the Provincial Court on some criminal matters, and reviews and appeals from some administrative boards and tribunals.
The Court of Appeal has a registrar who, in addition to other administrative duties, hears matters related to the settling of orders and bills of costs.
May 13, 2016
REVISED PRACTICE DIRECTIVE – EXTRADITION APPEALS
The Chief Justice has revised the practice directive concerning extradition appeals, including the model order providing for the continuation of bail without another appearance once a committal order is made.
May 13, 2016
NEW PRACTICE NOTE – MULTIMEDIA IN APPEAL BOOKS
The Registrar has issued a new practice note concerning the use of CDs and DVDs within or accompanying appeal books, providing additional directions to standardize the practice.
March 31, 2016
B.C. COURT OF APPEAL ANNUAL REPORT 2015
The Annual Report of the B.C. Court of Appeal covering the activities of the Court for 2015 is now available.
March 16, 2016
CIVIL RULE REFORM CONSULTATION – NEW DEADLINE TO RESPOND
The deadline for responses to the Court of Appeal’s discussion paper on civil rule reform has been extended to Friday, April 1, 2016. The Court values your input, which will be carefully considered as the Court continues to examine potential rule changes. Submissions may be sent via email to BCCACivilRules@courts.gov.bc.ca or anonymously by delivery to the Court of Appeal Registry, to the Registrar’s attention.
March 11, 2016
UPDATED: SENTENCE APPEALS (CRIMINAL PRACTICE DIRECTIVE, 11 MARCH 2016)
The Court has updated the practice directive Sentence Appeals (Criminal Practice Directive, 11 March 2016) modifying format, deadlines, and page limits for statements. The directive takes effect on 21 March 2016. The appellant’s statement is now due three weeks and the respondent’s two weeks before the hearing date for the appeal. The statement and reply page limits are increased from two to eight pages and a 15-page limit is provided for those appeals involving a constitutional challenge.
February 9, 2016
UPDATED: CIVIL FORMS & CRIMINAL PRACTICE NOTE IMPLEMENTING DOUBLE-SIDING OF MATERIALS
The Court of Appeal has updated Civil Forms 9, 12, 13 and 21 (Word and PDF) to reflect the recent amendments requiring double-sided printing for all civil appeal books other than factums. The updated forms are available on the Civil Rules Forms portion of the courts’ website. A criminal practice note has been issued, requiring similar changes in criminal appeals: Double-Siding of Appeal Materials (Criminal Practice Note, February 9, 2016).
February 1, 2016
NEW: UPDATES TO CIVIL FORMS
The Court of Appeal has updated Civil Forms 9, 12, 13 and 21 (Word and PDF) to reflect the recent amendments requiring double-sided printing for all civil appeal books other than factums. The updated forms are available on the Civil Rules Forms portion of the courts’ website.
January 29, 2016
DOUBLE-SIDING OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL APPEAL MATERIALS
Effective on 29 January 2016, a number of amendments were made to the Court’s civil rules and forms requiring that all books filed be prepared double-sided, except for the factums. This change will reduce the amount of paper required and decrease the physical size of many of the Court’s books. The changes may be found in OIC 035 here, deposited today. A similar change affecting criminal appeals will be made shortly.