BC Supreme Court Scheduling System (SCSS)
Electronic system for streamlining the assignment of judges and masters and scheduling of matters before the BC Supreme Court.
BC Supreme Court
|July 2004||SCSS launched|
|2004||SCSS implemented in 12 of 29 locations|
|2005||SCSS implemented in 13 more locations|
|2006||SCSS implemented in remaining 4 locations|
The Supreme Court Scheduling System (SCSS) was launched in July 2004 in order to streamline the assignment of judges and masters and scheduling of matters before the Court. Between 2004 and 2006, SCSS was implemented in all 29 locations where the Court sits.
To modernize systems and take advantage of technology to ensure that the Court is responsive to the needs of litigants.
This sophisticated program uses colour-coding to differentiate between types of hearings as well as the availability of judges. For instance, green on the scheduling calendar indicates the judge is available in that location, yellow indicates the judge is assigned, and red indicates the judge is seized of a case. In addition, the day is divided into three scheduling options: 1) before court; 2) scheduled court sitting (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); or 3) after court. All three periods are colour coded with green (available), yellow (assigned), and red (seized).
Colours can also refer to the type of matter scheduled. Green is for criminal matters, pink refers to civil matters, and blue refers to family matters. The schedule can indicate if the judge is scheduled to sit in two different locations on the same day, which sometimes takes place through telephone or video link. Any case information in bold indicates a priority scheduling. Shades of light and dark colours indicate whether a matter is confirmed or is tentatively scheduled.
Judges can check their schedules by either parameter - date range or location. While scheduling of cases is done approximately one week before the hearing, other matters such as previously scheduled continuations and seized matters will appear earlier. Judges are able to print reports of their sitting schedules and locations for any time period.
Trial Co-ordinators now have instant access to information about all hearings currently in progress within B.C. Judges and their assistants can quickly see the cases to which they are assigned. SCSS has greatly improved the way in which cases are scheduled within the province.
SCSS has enabled us to continue to improve the scheduling process. In 2004, 436 trials were heard in Vancouver and 19 scheduled trials were bumped. In 2005, 389 trials were heard in Vancouver, but only 6 scheduled trials were bumped. In 2004, 639 Long Chambers applications were heard while 45 were bumped. In 2005, 738 Long Chambers Applications were heard, but only 27 were bumped (please see Management and Statistical Information, Figure 4-5 at p.19). We also continue to work to implement enhancements to SCSS to further streamline the scheduling of matters before the Court and the rota assignments of members of the Court.