Lesson 9: Provincial Court of BC

Snapshot

Grade Level

8-10

Duration

2 periods

Lesson Plan (PDF)

Introduction

The Provincial Court of BC hears the majority of BC’s court cases. Approximately 145 Provincial Court judges hear 130,000 civil and criminal cases each year in 88 locations around BC. The Provincial Court has four divisions: Criminal, Family and Youth, Traffic and By-Law, and Small Claims. Students will become knowledgeable about the Provincial Court of BC and the types of cases it hears. There is a particular focus on Small Claims in this lesson.

Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand what the purpose of the Provincial Court of BC is and what happens there
  • Learn that there are four divisions of the Provincial Court of BC: Criminal and Youth, Family, Traffic and By-Law, and Small Claims
  • Become knowledgeable about the different court proceedings for small claims cases

Focus Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the Provincial Court of BC?
  2. What are the four divisions of the Provincial Court of BC and what are some examples of cases that might be heard there?
  3. What are some of the different court proceedings for Small Claims cases?

Teaching Summary

Topics 1, 2, 3 & 4: Jurisdiction of the Court, Criminal and Youth, Family & Traffic and By‑Law.

Students will complete Activity 1, which involves watching an online video about the Provincial Court of BC. They will then complete Activity 2, in which students are asked to read Handout 1: Provincial Court of BC and use the information to answer ten questions on Handout 2: Which Division of Provincial Court?

Topic 5: Small Claims

Students will look at Handout 3: Small Claims Processes in groups and become familiar with one of the processes and then using a jigsaw activity they will go back to their home groups to teach the other students about their process.