Introducing Evidence at Trial: A British Columbia Handbook – Third Edition

Practice Point

How to handle evidence like seasoned counsel

This publication is essential for: all litigators looking for information on evidentiary matters.

Knowing the rules of evidence and a careful refresher before each trial is essential to a litigator’s success. Rather than concentrating on theory, Introducing Evidence at Trial is your resource for dealing with evidentiary procedure in civil or criminal trials in BC. Written and reviewed by esteemed judges and litigators, this portable handbook includes detailed discussion of each type of evidence or procedure accompanied by practice pointers, checklists of important considerations, and model scripts.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • improve your ability in introducing and controlling evidence at trial
  • spot problems with evidentiary proof you might otherwise overlook in your or opposing counsel’s case
  • quickly access evidentiary rules during trial to manage unexpected evidence or witness behavior

Buy your copy and increase your courtroom capabilities today!

Features

  • an overview chapter of basic evidentiary principles
  • concise statements of legal principles
  • practice tips for counsel, sample scripts, and checklists
  • further reading in many chapters for other helpful resources
  • Canada Evidence Act and British Columbia Evidence Act for ready access to key sections
  • useful finding tools, including extensive cross-referencing, tables of cases, statutes, and references, and an index
  • online access to electronic version with hyperlinks to primary law

Highlights of the third edition

  • all commentary and practice points are current to October 1, 2016
  • a new chapter on exclusion of evidence
  • analysis of significant cases decided since the second edition (2012)
  • consolidation of the full text of the Canada Evidence Act and the British Columbia Evidence Act

Editorial Board

Mary T. Ainslie, QC — Crown Counsel Law Division, Vancouver
Robert S. Anderson, QC — Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Mr. Justice Gregory Fitch —  British Columbia Court of Appeal, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Victoria Gray  — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
The Honourable Mr. Justice David Harris — British Columbia Court of Appeal
Marilyn E. Sandford, QC — Ritchie Sandford, Vancouver

Authors

Alisia K. Adams  — Crown Counsel, Crown Law Division, Vancouver
Michelle R. Adams  — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Mary T. Ainslie, QC — Crown Counsel Law Division, Vancouver
Wendy A. Baker, QC  — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Michael J. Brundrett — Crown Counsel – Crown Law Division, Vancouver
The Honourable Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice. Joyce DeWitt-Van Oosten —  Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
Janet A. Dickie —  Crown Counsel , Surrey
Susanne E. Elliott — Ministry of Justice – Legal Services Branch, Surrey
Keith D. Evans — Ministry of Justice – Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Dr. Carol L. Fleischhaker — Crown Counsel, Criminal Appeals & Special Prosecutions, Vancouver
Richard S. Fowler, QC — Fowler and Smith, Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver
Michael Gianacopoulos —  Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Victoria Gray — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
Brook J. Greenberg —  Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
John D. Hempstead — Crown Counsel, Chilliwack
James C. MacInnis — Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP, Vancouver
Andrea N. MacKay  — Winteringham MacKay Law Corporation, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Miriam A. Maisonville — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
Paul T. McGivern — Pacific Medical Law Corp., Vancouver
John R. Neal  — Crown Counsel, Crown Law Division, Vancouver
Caroline E. Richardson — Crown Counsel, Criminal Appeals & Special Prosecutions, Vancouver
Matthew G. Scott — Martland & Saulnier, Vancouver
Daniel J. Song  — Sprake Song & Konye, Vancouver
K. Michael Stephens — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver

Chapters

  1. The Basic Concepts of the Law of Evidence
  2. Admissions Dispensing with Proof at Trial
  3. Adverse/Hostile Witnesses at Trial
  4. Adverse Inferences
  5. Certificate Evidence
  6. Child Witnesses at Trial
  7. Collateral Facts Rule
  8. Confessions at Trial
  9. Documentary Evidence at Trial
  10. Hearsay Evidence
  11. Interpreter at Trial
  12. Judicial Notice at Trial
  13. Opinion Evidence at Trial
  14. Post-occurrence or Post-offence Conduct
  15. Prior Convictions
  16. Privilege
  17. Real and Demonstrative Evidence
  18. Reply Evidence
  19. Similar Fact Evidence at Trial
  20. Statements—General Overview
  21. Statements—Prior Consistent
  22. Statements—Prior Identification
  23. Statements—Prior Inconsistent
  24. Statements—Refreshing Memory and Past Recollection Recorded
  25. Subpoenas
  26. Views in a Trial
  27. Voir Dires in a Trial
  28. Wiretap and Search Warrant Evidence
  29. Exclusion of Evidence

Legislation

Tables

Index

“The contributing authors are experienced and knowledgeable trial counsel, who have analyzed leading case authority and shared practical tips on introducing evidence in criminal and civil trials in BC.”

~ Robert S. Anderson, QC, Mary T. Ainslie, QC, and Marilyn E. Sandford, QC

Robert S. Anderson, QC, Mary T. Ainslie, QC, and Marilyn E. Sandford, QC