British Columbia Courtroom Procedure
Publisher: LexisNexis Canada
One of the most daunting challenges of trial procedure is mastering courtroom procedure, with its body of tradition and unwritten rules – British Columbia Courtroom Procedure
contains comprehensive coverage of practical courtroom procedures, from the routine to the rare, from pre-trial to the end of the trial, for both civil litigators and criminal law practitioners.
Derived from the highly successful Ontario Courtroom Procedure,
a book originally conceived and written by the Honourable Justice Dan Ferguson, with contributions from numerous members of the bench and bar, British Columbia Courtroom Procedure
has been modified and adapted by the Honourable Justice Keith Bracken and Monique W. Dull, Ph.D., J.D., to provide a comprehensive description of trial procedure in British Columbia.
If you're a litigator just starting out, then this book is crucial - it provides instruction on everything from entering the courtroom and conduct, what to expect during trial, how to raise motions, right through to costs. Practical and straightforward in approach, it offers guidance for every aspect of courtroom procedure.
For more seasoned lawyers – and even Judges – this is both an invaluable civil litigation reference source for the enormous body of tradition and unwritten rules, which are not codified or found elsewhere, and a thoughtful practical guide to the many issues that frequently arise in the courtroom.Book Features
Who Should Buy This Book
- Organized chronologically with chapters focusing on each stage in the trial process
- Applicable for civil, criminal and family law courtroom procedure
- Contains an enormous body of tradition and unwritten rules on courtroom procedure, which are not codified or found elsewhere
- Written from both a Judicial and Practitioner perspective, providing comprehensive coverage for judges and lawyers.
Table of Contents
- Trial Lawyers - Comprehensive coverage of practical courtroom procedures from the routine to the rare. Contains helpful "scripts" for lawyers to follow, from arguing motions to cross-examining a witness and helps build confidence for appearing in what can sometimes be a daunting courtroom environment.
- Judges - Reference source for obscure or unwritten procedures and other courtroom issues which arise every day. Also offers guidance for new judges with limited courtroom experience.
- Paralegals & Law Clerks - Practical reference source outlining how trials are conducted and explaining courtroom procedures found in every trial.
- Law Schools -Ideal for incorporating practical courtroom procedure into trial advocacy courses.
- Articling Students – who want to prepare themselves to appear in court.
Part 1 Trial System in BC
Part 2 Litigants and Counsel
Part 3 Language of Trial
Part 4 Preparation before Trial
Part 5 Arriving at Court
Part 6 General Procedures at Trial
Part 7 Motions
Part 8 Starting the Trial
Part 9 Jury Trials
Part 10 Presenting Evidence
Part 11 Responding to the Evidence
Part 12 Closing the Case
Part 13 Deciding the Case
Part 14 Appendix - Ethical Rules and Guidelines
Justice Keith Bracken, B.A., LL.B. and Monique W. Dull, Ph.D., J.D.
Justice Keith Bracken
obtained a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon. He graduated from the College of Law in 1976 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1977. He practiced in Victoria, British Columbia, until his appointment to the British Columbia Provincial Court in 1991 and sat at Victoria and Duncan. He was appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court at Victoria in 2007. He was a sessional lecturer in trial advocacy at the University of Victoria College of Law from 1998 – 2007. Monique W. Dull, Ph.D., J.D.,
practices civil litigation in Victoria, British Columbia, at Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan. She holds a doctoral degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, where she was a Mellon Fellow. She has published articles on nineteenth-century fiction as well as on health law, and has researched, written and narrated documentaries for CBC Radio. She studied law at the University of Victoria, where she held a Law Foundation Entrance Scholarship and the Blakes Scholarship. Prior to being called to the British Columbia bar, she served in the British Columbia Supreme Court as judicial law clerk.
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