Video technology is utilized in many court locations throughout the province to accommodate remand appearances and bail hearings. In addition, sentencing proceedings and family and civil matters are conducted by video where appropriate. For example, in the fiscal year 2017/18 the use of video technology resulted in 34,731 saved prisoner transports for persons required to appear in court for preliminary matters.
The Court continues to use video technology:
- To connect the Justice Centre in Burnaby to remote locations for bail hearings;
- For remand appearances and bail hearings for persons charged with offences and appearing from a remand or custody centre; and
- To maximize judicial resources by allowing judges and judicial case managers in one courthouse to hear preliminary matters from another. The judge is connected by video link with the distant courtroom, avoiding adjournments and making more effective use of judges’ time.