Effective March 19, 2020, the B.C. Supreme Court suspended regular operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia until further notice. While the courthouses are closed, applications may be made to the Court only for essential and urgent matters. The move is part of the Court’s efforts to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The procedural approach of the Courts to the present crisis may be expected to continue to evolve. Those wishing to have matters brought before the Court will need to check frequently the Court’s website for its updated requirements.
On March 30, 2020 and April 2, 2020, the Court provided updated notices regarding lists of civil, family and criminal matters which are presumptively considered to be of an essential and urgent nature, and insolvency matters which can be considered to be of an essential or urgent nature. We list them at the end of this post.
The Court also has discretion to hear urgent matters other than those listed, and to decline to hear a matter listed.
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