22 March 2013

Provincial Court Announces Scheduling Reform Project

The Provincial Court has announced a project to overhaul how court time is scheduled. The aptly named Provincial Court Scheduling Project has just release the first issue of a newsletter (PDF) intended to keep court users and other stakeholders up to date on the status of the project and address common questions and concerns. According to the newsletter,
"The Provincial Court Scheduling Project will restructure court scheduling. The new model will provide more timely access to justice by reducing waiting times to trial and returning case management responsibilities to counsel. The latter will promote discussion between parties and foster earlier case resolution.  
"Currently, the PCS Project Team is developing the details of the new scheduling model and designing new software, the Provincial Court Scheduling System (PCSS), to support the new model. ..."
Implementation is set to begin in later 2013 with the province-wide roll out continuing through 2014. Questions and comments can be directed to the PCSP Project Team at pcss@provincialcourt.bc.ca.