Provincial Court Scheduling

The Provincial Court Scheduling Project (PCSP) was launched by the Provincial Court of British Columbia in August 2012 and officially ended in March 2016, when trial scheduling reforms were substantially implemented. The objective of the PCSP was to develop and implement a new scheduling model to enhance the efficient, effective and equitable use of judicial resources. PCSP had three main components:

1. Simplified Front End:

The Court has simplified the Criminal Caseflow Management Rules, reducing the number of times those charged with criminal offences and their lawyers must appear in court before trial. In December 2013, the authority of Judicial Case Managers (JCMs) was expanded in all court locations to enable initial appearances and other administrative appearances before a JCM rather than before a Provincial Court Judge.

2. Delayed Assignment:

Recognizing the high collapse rate of scheduled matters, the Court has made changes in the way judges are assigned to cases and trials are assigned to courtrooms. In order to increase scheduling flexibility and make better use of judicial resources these assignments have been delayed in family and civil cases as well as criminal and youth matters. In 7 of the busiest locations, the assignment is made in Assignment Court from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. on the day of trial for trials of a half day or longer.

3. Use of Technology:

A new scheduling software application, Provincial Court Scheduling System (PCSS), has been developed to support the delayed assignment model. Digital displays have been installed in these 7 courthouses to inform court users of real time court room assignments. The Court is continuing to make business process improvements and improvements to PCSS in order to increase scheduling flexibility and make better use of judicial resources.

The Court has built upon its tradition of working collaboratively with justice system stakeholders in the development and design of the new scheduling model. Implementation and evaluation of this large project is ongoing.

See Trial Scheduling FAQs for more information.

To find out what to do when you go to Assignment Court read:

To learn about Summary Proceedings Court where shorter trials are held see:

For updates on implementation of PCSP see its newsletters:

Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - November 2015
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - May 2015
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - December 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - October 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - August 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - June 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - March 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - January 2014
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - November 2013
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - September 2013
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - May 2013
Provincial Court Scheduling Newsletter - March 2013