Interim Policy Bulletin 636 for the Pacific Region Only

Policy Bulletin

Policy numbers and titles:

Commissioner’s Directive (CD) 709 – Administrative Segregation
Guidelines (GL) 709-1 – Administrative Segregation Guidelines

Why were the policies changed?

In addition to changes outlined in the Interim Policy Bulletins 632 and 635, further obligations are required with respect to conditions of confinement for inmates in administrative segregation. In particular, on May 21, 2019, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ordered three additional conditions specific to procedures related to inmate access to legal counsel for inmates admitted to administrative segregation in the Pacific region only.

What has changed?

Upon admission to administrative segregation, the inmate will:

When the institution is aware that the inmate will be represented by counsel at an administrative segregation review hearing, the Institutional Head, or delegate, will ensure that a process is in place to notify counsel of the date and time of the segregation review hearing.

Notification to counsel will be at least three working days – or, in exceptional cases, a shorter period if the inmate has consented – prior to the date and time of the Institutional Segregation Review Board, and will be documented in the review board recommendation and/or decision.

How were they developed?

These policy were developed by the Correctional Operations and Programs Sector in consultation with the Policy Sector.

Who will be affected by the policies?

All staff and contractors involved in the administrative segregation process in the Pacific region.


National, regional and institutional staff responsible for administrative segregation.



Original signed by:

Anne Kelly

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