The Criminal Code of Canada sets out the procedures to be followed in criminal cases.
Stages in a Criminal Case
The stages in a criminal case where Provincial Court judges or judicial justices preside are:
Definitions and terms used in criminal cases.
Arraignment: A formal court appearance where the accused person enters
a plea of guilty or not guilty in the presence of a Judge
Committed: If you are committed for trial in the Supreme Court,
your trial will be heard by a Supreme Court Judge or Supreme
Court Judge with a Jury
Sentence: The penalty a judge imposes when someone is found
guilty. Can include jail time, fine, probation, etc.
Discharge: Where there is not enough evidence at a preliminary
hearing to commit the matter to trial in the Supreme Court of BC
Elect: Choose which court to be tried in
Summary vs. Indictable Offence: There are three types of offences
(crimes): Summary Offences, Indictable Offences, and
Dual or Hybrid
This website provides general information only and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.
Updated February 2020