Lesson 9: Provincial Court of BC

Topic 1: Jurisdiction of the Court

The majority of BC’s court cases are heard in the Provincial Court of BC. Approximately 145 Provincial Court judges hear 130,000 civil and criminal cases each year in 88 locations around BC. The Provincial Court only hears certain types of cases as permitted by federal legislation (such as the Criminal Code) and by provincial legislation. These include:

  • Criminal and youth
  • Family
  • Traffic and by-law
  • Small claims