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

2023-03-10 - R. v. Kinnear
Key Words: Criminal law — Weapons — Firearms
Key Words: Family law — Children — Child protection — Guardianship
2023-03-07 - R. v. Arnet
Key Words: Criminal law — Murder — Manslaughter — Property offences — Robbery
2023-02-23 - S.H.A. v. S.S.H.
Key Words: Family law — Restraining orders — Protection orders
2023-02-23 - R. v. B.L.J.
Key Words: Criminal law — Sexual offences — Sexual interference — Sexual touching — Sentencing
Key Words: Municipal law — Courts — Jurisdiction — Animals — Dangerous animals
2023-02-21 - R. v. Blackburn
Key Words: Criminal law — Civil — Sentencing — Public Health and Welfare — Aboriginal persons
2023-02-17 - R. v. Dafoe
Key Words: Criminal law — Sentencing — Considerations — Motor vehicle offences — Driving while disqualified or prohibited
2023-02-15 - R. v. Smith
Key Words: Criminal law — Motor vehicle offences — Dangerous driving causing death — Sentencing — Considerations
2023-02-13 - R. v. R.J.
Key Words: Criminal law — Offences against persons
2023-02-10 - R. v. Batth
Key Words: Criminal law — Charter of Rights — Proceedings for relief
2023-02-10 - R. v. J.R.N.
Key Words: Criminal law — Sexual offences — Sexual interference
2023-02-08 - D.S. v. T.N.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Custody and access
2023-02-07 - T.S.P. v. J.R.S.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Maintenance — Ability to pay
2023-02-03 - R. v. Khaliq
Key Words: Criminal law — Sexual offences — Sexual assault
2023-02-02 - R. v. Klco
Key Words: Criminal law — Trials — Fitness to stand trial
2023-02-02 - T.E.P. v. M.R.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Mobility rights
2023-02-02 - R. v. Holt
Key Words: Criminal law — Mischief — Sentencing — Discharge
2023-02-01 - R.J. v. J.H.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Maintenance — Ability to pay
2023-02-01 - T.V. v. V.M.
Key Words: Family law — Children — Maintenance