Introduction
Introduction

We recommend that you watch the introductory video first. It will provide you with an overview of the British Columbia court system, and this website.

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Glossary

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Access to the Courts: The opportunity or right of the public to watch court proceedings.

Accountable: Taking responsibility for an action or decision.

Accused: The person charged with a criminal offence.

Action: Legal proceedings in a court to obtain compensation for something or to enforce a right.

Administration: The management of a business, organization or institution.

Administrative Tribunal: Usually three people who decide matters that are brought before them such a Worker’s Compensation Claims.

Adoption: A formal legal process to adopt a child.

Affidavit: A written declaration made on oath before somebody authorized to administer oaths, usually setting out the statement of a witness for court proceedings.

Aggravated Assault: Every one commits an aggravated assault that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant.

Altered: To make changes to something or somebody.

Appeal: An appeal is an application for judicial review of a trial court’s decision by a higher court. Either Crown counsel or defence counsel can appeal a decision, but there are specific legal requirements.   Also see Appellant or Respondent.

Appellant: The party who has initiated an appeal to a higher court. In a criminal case this could be either Crown Counsel or the accused. The other party is known as the Respondent.

Application: A court appearance is scheduled in which the Crown or defence or one of the parties to a civil action makes an application to the Court (e.g. application to vary bail conditions).

Appoints: To select a person or a group of people for an official position or to do a job.

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