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.

Legal research guides

Recent Provincial Court Judgments

2020-07-31 - Pellegrin v. Wheeldon
Key Words: retaining wall — property — trespass — fence — nuisance
2020-07-28 - R. v. Spencer-Wilson
Key Words: firearm — sentence — jail — offences — shotgun
2020-07-28 - R. v. Sesay
Key Words: sentence — pandemic — aggravated assault — sentencing — offence
2020-07-27 - G.R.W. v. K.M.O.
Key Words: children — parenting time — best interests — video call — will
2020-07-24 - R. v. Brown
Key Words: firearm — sentence — offences — weapon — rooming house
2020-07-21 - R. v. Humphreys
Key Words: conditional sentence — child pornography — denunciation — post-traumatic stress disorder — deterrence
Key Words: child — omitted for publication — continuing custody — best interests — family
2020-07-08 - R. v. Witvoet
Key Words: sentence — victims — breasts — offender — guilty pleas
Key Words: omitted for publication — children — application — will — parents
2020-06-29 - MacAulay v. Meise
Key Words: claimants — travel trailer — bailees — access — storage
2020-06-25 - R. v. S.H.
Key Words: bathroom — faction — automatism — threw the noodles — weapon
2020-06-24 - R. v. McKay
Key Words: criminal negligence causing bodily harm — firearm — range — sawed-off rifle — offence
2020-06-24 - D.J.S. v. R.K.L.
Key Words: parenting time — police enforcement — client — text — exchange
Key Words: private — proceedings — direct a stay — omitted for publication — information
2020-06-22 - R. v. Robinson
Key Words: door — video — officer — front passenger — arrest
2020-06-19 - R. v. Nguyen
Key Words: prosecutor — mistrial — judicial stay — conduct — wounding
2020-06-18 - R. v. Scholz
Key Words: house — sell — beneficial interest — building — million
2020-06-11 - R. v. Blais
Key Words: older girl — girls — sentence — younger girl — mandatory minimum
2020-06-05 - R. v. Roland
Key Words: sexual assault — evidence sought to be adduced — screening stage — application — standing
2020-06-05 - E.D. v. B.L.
Key Words: children — status quo — pandemic — affidavit — omitted for publication