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  • New Fillable Court Forms: Questions and Answers, Tips and Tricks

    by CLBC Administrator | Jul 30, 2010

    We’ve been getting a number of questions about the new fillable online forms for Supreme Court cases.  The new forms have some slick features (e.g., you can type in a party name once and the name will get automatically inserted elsewhere in the form where that name is supposed to go), but the forms have a few quirks.  Thankfully, the Attorney General’s website now offers a Forms "How To" Guide.

    Here are a few of the questions we’ve been asked and what we've learned: 


    How do I start filling out the new court forms?

    We've noticed that in several of the most commonly used new court forms you must click the “Fill In Form” button near the top of the form first.  If you do not click that button you will discover that you can fill in some of the fields, but not all of them.


    How do I save the form?

    Many of the most commonly used new court forms have two ways to save the form.  How you should save depends whether you intend to save and print your form or whether you will e-file the form:



    Do I have to digitally sign the form?

    No, you don’t have to sign the form digitally. If you are filing your form at a court registry, you can fill out the form on the computer, print it and then sign it manually. 

    I have a Mac computer; can I fill out the new court forms?

    No, the new court forms don’t appear to work with a Mac.  When we tried we were prompted to upgrade to the most recent version of Adobe Reader though we were already up to date.  We tried but were ultimately unsuccessful in using the forms with a Mac.


    We are continuing to learn all we can about using the fillable court forms and will pass along what we know.  If you have any great tips on how to use the fillable court forms please share with a comment on this blog post!  

  • Law Foundation of BC - Legal Research Fund

    by CLBC Administrator | Jul 21, 2010

    The Law Foundation of British Columbia has established a $100,000 Legal Research Fund to support legal research projects that “advance the knowledge of law, social policy, and the administration of justice.”

    The Foundation is seeking Letters of Intent for proposals for one-time projects, with the maximum available for each project being $20,000. Visit the Foundations website to find more details about the fund, such as who can apply, what makes a proposal eligible, and the application process.

    The Law Foundation is a non-profit foundation created to receive and distribute funds in five areas:

    • legal education
    • legal research
    • legal aid
    • law reform
    • law libraries

    And while the Foundation recognizes these objectives are legal in nature, the income is to be allocated to programs that will benefit the general public of British Columbia.

    The grants for 2011 will be adjudicated by the Fellowships & Research Committee of the Foundation in November. This year’s deadline for applications is September 30, 2010.

  • Questions About the New Supreme Court Rules

    by User Not Found | Jul 08, 2010

    We’re getting a steady stream of questions at the library about the new court rules and forms for BC Supreme Court cases.

    Where can I find the new court rules and forms for Supreme Court cases?

    There are two new sets of rules that came into effect on July 1, 2010: 

    Also of note is that the Supreme Court has issued a new collection of Practice Directions and Administrative Notices to coincide with the coming in to effect of the new court rules:

    Can I fill in the new court forms online?

    Yes. There are fillable PDF versions of the court forms under the new rules. The forms can be completed on the computer and saved, printed, or filed electronically. (Note that you will need the free Adobe Reader to use these fillable forms.)

    You can access the fillable court forms at:

    My Supreme Court case started before July 1, 2010. Will the new rules affect me?

    Yes. The new Supreme Court rules apply to cases started before July 1, 2010. From July 1 on, you must follow the new court rules.

    There is an exception. Under the new civil rules:

    Rule 24-1(14) If a step in a proceeding is taken before July 1, 2010, the former Supreme Court Rules apply to any right or obligation arising out of or relating to that step if and to the extent that that right or obligation is to have effect before September 1, 2010.

    For a case that is not a family law case, the guidebook Transition to New Rules in the Supreme Court, developed by Justice Education Society, outlines how the new court rules will affect a case started before July 1, 2010. 

    For a family law case, Questions about the new Supreme Court Family Rules coming into effect July 1, 2010, a fact sheet from Legal Services Society, provides some questions and answers about the new rules in family law cases.

    I’m trying to figure out what new rule (or form) matches this old rule number (or form number)

    For family law cases:

    For all other cases:

    I'm trying to prepare a case under the new Supreme Court rules

    For civil cases, an excellent starting is the Supreme Court Self-Help Guidebook series, developed by the Justice Education Society and available through Clicklaw. The series includes over 20 guidebooks written in plain language for those who are representing themselves in BC Supreme Court. The guidebooks have been updated for the new court rules and include court forms with annotations explaining key parts of each form.

    For family law cases, good starting points include:

    In our courthouse libraries, we have copies of Carswell's Guide to Civil Litigation, updated for the new rules and forms. The Guide features detailed annotations for each form, explaining what needs to be completed and done with the form. 

    Our libraries also have copies of the Civil Rules Transition Guide, from the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. As well, several of our CLE practice manuals have now received updated contents incorporating the new rules and forms, including the BC Family Practice Manual, the BC Probate and Estate Administration Practice Manual, and Discovery Practice in BC.


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