Technology-assisted Remote Appearances

The Court uses technology for different purposes. Daytime, evening and weekend bail hearings are conducted from the Justice Centre in Burnaby by video-link with locations around B.C., with regular evening and weekend lists for Vancouver, Surrey and Delta. An arrested person in custody is connected by video-link with a judicial justice in Burnaby. In rural areas where video technology is not yet available, bail hearings are conducted by telephone.

Accused persons held in jail for longer periods can make some court appearances by closed circuit television, avoiding the need to transport them to the courtroom. In 2012/13 there were more than 20,000 video remands of prisoners in B.C. Provincial Court, saving cost and minimizing security risks.

When judges complete the cases scheduled in the courthouse where they’re located, they can assist with some types of cases waiting to be heard in another courthouse. The judge is connected by video link with the distant courtroom, avoiding adjournments and making more effective use of judges’ time.