Data Definitions

Civil Court Documents Filed - Civil court documents filed counts all Supreme and Provincial Court documents filed at a court location. Documents can also be filed electronically.

Concluded Provincial Court Criminal Cases - Concluded criminal court cases are those which have resolved with a guilty plea, conviction, judicial stay, or stay by Crown Counsel, for example. Matters that involve outstanding bench warrants are not counted as concluded. These numbers do not include federally prosecuted cases.

Court of Appeal - The Court of Appeal is the highest court in the province. It hears appeals from the Supreme Court, appeals from the Provincial Court on some criminal matters, as well as reviews and appeals from some administrative boards and tribunals.

Court Sitting Hours - Court sitting hours refers to the amount of time that court heard criminal or civil matters. These hours include the time when court is adjourned for any reason where staff must remain in attendance until court resumes. It also includes time for jury deliberations.

Location Breakdown of Provincial Court Criminal Cases by Length of Time to Conclude - Location breakdown of criminal court cases by length of time to conclude is a timeliness measure. For a highlighted location, this measure reports the proportion of Provincial Court criminal cases that concluded within the following categories: one to 60 days; 61 to 120 days; 121 to 180 days; 181 to 240 days; 241 to 365 days; and greater than 365 days.

Median Time to Conclude Provincial Court Criminal Cases - Median time to conclude criminal cases reports the number of days between the first scheduled appearance on a Provincial Court criminal case and the date the case was concluded.

New Court Cases - New court cases generally refers to the number of new filings received in a court location that initiate a case, including files transferred from another court location for disposition.

Provincewide Breakdown of Provincial Court Criminal Cases by Length of Time to Conclude - Breakdown of criminal court cases by length of time to conclude is a timeliness measure for the entire province.  It reports the proportion of all Provincial Court criminal cases in B.C. that concluded within the following categories: one to 60 days; 61 to 120 days; 121 to 180 days; 181 to 240 days; 241 to 365 days; and greater than 365 days.

Provincial Court - The Provincial Court is the first level of trial court in British Columbia and hears criminal adult, criminal youth, family, child protection, small claims, traffic and municipal bylaw cases.

Scheduled Court Appearances - Scheduled court appearances refers to the number of occasions when cases are scheduled to be before the court for a specific reason, such as the first appearance, case conference, trial, and sentencing. Note that not all scheduled appearances occur and they may be adjourned prior to the appearance date. Supreme Court criminal scheduled appearances are not currently available.

Supreme Court - The Supreme Court of British Columbia is the province's superior trial court. The Supreme Court is a court of general and inherent jurisdiction, which means that it can hear any type of case, civil or criminal. It hears most appeals from the Provincial Court in civil and criminal cases, and also hears appeals from arbitrations.