Judgments & Decisions

Provincial Court judges make thousands of decisions each year. The reasons they give for their decisions are sometimes called “judgments”, “reasons”, or just “decisions”. Often, Provincial Court judges explain their reasons by speaking to the people in the courtroom. This is called an “oral judgment”. A judge may also prepare written reasons (in some cases reading them aloud in court) and they will be placed in the court file.

Some of these written reasons are posted online on the CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute) databank, particularly in cases of public interest or involving a point of law. In a high-profile case, written reasons may be posted on the home page of the Court’s website www.provincialcourt.bc.ca under "Recent Judgments", for the first few days after they are issued until they can be posted on CanLII.

Use the "Search Judgments" button to find BC Provincial Court judgments on CanLII. See how to obtain oral and written judgments if there's no judgment online on CanLII.

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Recent Provincial Court Judgments

Key Words: Contract law — Formation — Motor vehicle leases — Breach
2024-02-14 - Harrison v. Nawrot
Key Words: Personal injuries — Medical malpractice — Dentists
2024-02-13 - R. v. L.B.
Key Words: Criminal law — Young offenders — Sexual interference — Sexual assault — Sentencing
2024-02-12 - S.A. v. J.J.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Custody
Key Words: Labour law — Commercial law — Contract of employment — Employment — Terms
2024-02-06 - Gardiner v. Prasad
Key Words: Real property — Landlord and tenant — Residential tenancies — Courts — Jurisdiction
2024-02-05 - C.E. v. G.C.
Key Words: Family law — Maintenance — Variation
2024-01-30 - R. v. Legault
Key Words: Criminal law — Sexual offences — Production of child pornography — Sentencing — Considerations
2024-01-30 - Y.T.A. v. D.R.A.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Maintenance — Extraordinary expenses
2024-01-29 - R. v. J.W.
Key Words: Criminal law — Sexual offences — Sexual touching — Invitation to touch — Sentencing
2024-01-29 - R. v. Jackson
Key Words: Criminal law — Special procedure and powers — Detention of seized property
2024-01-29 - Chen v. Xiao
Key Words: Civil — Practice — Small claims proceedings
2024-01-24 - T.AC. v. W.M.C.
Key Words: Family law — Practice — Case planning conferences
2024-01-23 - R. v. Virk
Key Words: Criminal law — Weapons — Possession of restricted firearm
2024-01-17 - R. v. B.M.
Key Words: Criminal law — Special procedure and powers — Detention of seized property
2024-01-17 - R. v. Sakhon
Key Words: Criminal law — Motor vehicle offences — Impaired driving causing bodily harm — Dangerous driving causing bodily harm
2024-01-16 - R. v. Mackenzie
Key Words: Criminal law — Assault — Assault causing bodily harm — Sentencing — Considerations
Key Words: Civil — Practice — Default judgments — Estoppel — Res judicata
Key Words: Commercial law — Practice — Small claims proceedings
2024-01-12 - R. v. Blue
Key Words: Criminal law — Assault — Defences