What happens at an arraignment hearing depends on the type of offence (crime) you’re charged with.
Types of offences
There are three types of offences:
People charged with indictable offences have three choices:
If you are charged with an indictable offence you will be asked at your arraignment hearing how you elect (choose) to be tried. This choice is called “making your election”. If you elect to be tried in the Supreme Court of BC, and you or the prosecutor requests a preliminary hearing in Provincial Court, a judicial case manager will set a date for it.
If you are charged with a summary offence or you elect to be tried in Provincial Court you will be asked at your arraignment hearing whether you plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, a judicial case manager will set a date for your trial. If you want to plead guilty, you will appear before a judge to make your plea and have a sentencing hearing.
This website provides general information only and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.
Updated February 2020