British Columbia Courtroom Procedure, 2nd Edition
One of the most daunting challenges of trial procedure is mastering courtroom procedure, with its body of tradition and unwritten rules – British Columbia Courtroom Procedure, 2nd Edition contains comprehensive coverage of practical courtroom procedures, from the routine to the rare, from pre-trial to the end of trial, for both civil litigators and criminal law practitioners.
Build your courtroom confidence with this new second edition of British Columbia Courtroom Procedure, updated by the Honourable Justice Keith Bracken and Monique W. Dull, Ph.D., J.D., to provide a current comprehensive description of trial procedure in British Columbia.
Focuses on practice rather than substantive law
If you're a litigator just starting out, then this book is crucial – it provides instruction on everything from entering the courtroom and conduct, what to expect during trial, how to raise motions, right through to costs. Practical and straightforward in approach, it offers guidance for every aspect of courtroom procedure.
For more seasoned lawyers – and even judges – this is both an invaluable civil litigation reference source for the enormous body of tradition and unwritten rules, which are not codified or found elsewhere, and a thoughtful, practical guide to the many issues that frequently arise in the courtroom.
- Organized chronologically with chapters focusing on each stage in the trial process
- Applicable for civil, criminal and family law courtroom procedure
- Contains an enormous body of tradition and unwritten rules on courtroom procedure, which are not codified or found elsewhere
- Written from both a judicial and practitioner perspective, providing comprehensive coverage for judges and lawyers
- Contains helpful "scripts" for lawyers or self-represented litigants to follow, from arguing motions to cross-examining a witness, and helps build confidence for appearing in what can sometimes be a daunting courtroom environment
What’s New in this Edition?
- Court guidelines on complex criminal cases and Jordan applications
- Updated commentary on and regulations for professional conduct
- Expanded material on and for self-represented litigants: more targeted guidance, resource referrals, and review of unbundled legal services
- Family Law Act: provisions for alternative enforcement of orders for disclosure and misuse of court process
- Expanded Appendices to include checklists and forms
Who Should Buy This Book
- Trial Lawyers – Comprehensive coverage of practical courtroom procedures from the routine to the rare. Contains helpful "scripts" for lawyers to follow, from arguing motions to cross-examining a witness and helps build confidence for appearing in what can sometimes be a daunting courtroom environment.
- Judges – Reference source for obscure or unwritten procedures and other courtroom issues which arise every day. Also offers guidance for new judges with limited courtroom experience.
- Paralegals & Law Clerks – Practical reference source outlining how trials are conducted and explaining courtroom procedures found in every trial.
- Law Schools – Ideal for incorporating practical courtroom procedure into trial advocacy courses.
- Articled Students – who want to prepare themselves to appear in court.
Table of contents
Part 1 Trial System in BC
Part 2 Litigants and Counsel
Part 3 Language of Trial
Part 4 Preparation before Trial
Part 5 Arriving at Court
Part 6 General Procedures at Trial
Part 7 Motions
Part 8 Starting the Trial
Part 9 Jury Trials
Part 10 Presenting Evidence
Part 11 Responding to the Evidence
Part 12 Closing the Case
Part 13 Deciding the Case
Part 14 Appendix - Ethical Rules and Guidelines
Part 15 Checklists
Part 16 Forms
Part 17 Legislation