On September 7, the BCCA began a pilot project in which all appeals from criminal convictions and acquittals will be strictly monitored by the Court. The Court issued an Explanatory Note and Practice Directive.
The Explanatory Note provides the background of the pilot project and a schematic timeline showing the filing timetable, which sets the maximum time for hearing of an appeal at one year from the date the appeal is filed.
The Practice Directive explains the purpose of the pilot project, which is
to reduce unacceptable delays in the prosecution of appeals from conviction and acquittal (and combined conviction/sentence).
The pilot project will run until December 30, 2011.