- Vancouver's Downtown Community Court
- Community Court's Story
- Community Court Team
- How the Court Works
- Community Connection
- Community Partners
- Evaluating the Court
- Location and Contact
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Community Court Videos
- Daily Court Hearings
- News Releases
- Photo and Video Gallery
- Prolific Offender Management Project
- Bail Reform Project
- Community Crime Prevention Pilots
Criminal Justice Reform Projects
Vancouver's Downtown Community Court
Vancouver's Downtown Community Court is the first of its kind in Canada.
- At its core, the community court is about partnership and problem solving. It's about creating new relationships, both within the justice system and with health and social services, community organizations, area residents, merchants, faith communities and schools.
- The community court is about testing new ways to reduce crime and improve public safety. It deals with offenders more quickly through a more co-ordinated and informed response.
- A high number of offenders in downtown Vancouver have health and social problems, including alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness and poverty. The court takes a problem-solving approach to address offenders' needs and circumstances and the underlying causes of their criminal behaviour.
- Vancouver's Downtown Community Court opened in summer 2008. It works with about 1,500 offenders each year. There are two courtrooms in the community court, which is located at 211 Gore Ave.
This website explains how the community court works, who is involved with it and how the community can participate. It also provides information on the services available for victims at the community court.
For information about the first interim evaluation report on the Downtown Community Court, please see 'Evaluating the Court.'
Videos about the goals, operations and community involvement in the court can be seen here.