Updated December 1, 2018
“Do you swear that the evidence you shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” This is the oath most often taken by witnesses in Canadian courts who choose to swear a religious oath before they testify.
As of October 17, 2018, cannabis is no longer a “controlled substance” whose production, possession and sale in Canada are prohibited by the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. But that doesn’t mean there are no limits on growing, possessing, using and selling marijuana.
Going to court can be a nerve-wracking experience, and even a frightening one, but knowing what to expect can make it a little less painful. To help you prepare to go to court, BC Provincial Court judges and judicial justices have written a series of articles describing what happens at various types of proceedings in Provincial Court and offering suggestions on how to prepare for them.
You were given a traffic ticket and decided to dispute it, so you filed a Notice of Dispute and received a Notice of Hearing. Now your court date is coming up and you wonder how your hearing will work. Will it be like a trial on ‘Law and Order’, or maybe like those conducted by Judge Judy?