Supreme Court of BC - COVID-19 Notices No. 19, 20, 21 - Resumption of Some Court Operations

From Supreme Court of BC:

May 14, 2020

COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 21RESUMPTION OF SOME REGULAR COURT OPERATIONS – CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Associate Chief Justice Holmes has issued COVID-19 Notice No. 21: Notice Regarding Criminal Proceedings - Resumption of Some Regular Court Operations.

The Court is now working toward the resumption of regular court operations. Notice No. 21 gives directions about criminal proceedings scheduled for June 1, 2020 and following. Unless the Court otherwise directs, all criminal trials, voir dires and pre-trial applications, and extradition hearings, scheduled to be heard between June 1 and June 5, 2020, are adjourned to a fix-date appearance as set out in Appendix A. At this point, the Court expects to proceed with criminal trials, voir dires and pre-trial applications, and extradition hearings scheduled to begin on or after June 8, 2020.  However, the situation will continue to be assessed, taking into account the many factors affecting the Court’s capacity to hear these types of matters during the pandemic. Further directions about court operations will be forthcoming, and members of the profession, the public and the media should continue to monitor the Court’s website regularly for updates.

See full notice: bccourts.ca

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 20RESUMPTION OF TRIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES AND TRIALS – CIVIL AND FAMILY MATTERS

The Court is now preparing to resume trial management conferences and civil and family trials. Trial management conferences scheduled on or after June 1, 2020 and trials scheduled on or after June 8, 2020 will resume, unless the Court otherwise directs. Trial management conferences and trials that were adjourned due to the court’s suspension of regular operations may be rebooked using the processes set out in this Notice. Timeframes for filing and serving trial briefs (civil matters), trial records, and trial certificates have been amended for TMCs and trials scheduled to begin on or before July 24, 2020. Judicial Management Conferences may be booked online starting May 19, 2020.

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COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 19RESUMPTION OF SOME COURT OPERATIONS – CIVIL AND FAMILY MATTERS

The Court is resuming some operations. This notice sets out what matters will be phased in over the coming weeks and what matters continue to be adjourned. Trials scheduled on or before June 5, 2020 are adjourned, unless the Court otherwise directs. All civil and family trials scheduled to begin on or after June 8, 2020 will resume, unless the Court otherwise directs. However, jury selections and trials continue to be suspended up to and including September 7, 2020. As of June 1, 2020, judicial case conferences, trial management conferences and chambers matters already scheduled for hearing on the trial list will resume by telephone. The balance of scheduled matters remain adjourned until further notice. This Notice also provides direction regarding timelines under the Supreme Court Civil Rules and the Supreme Court Family Rules that had been suspended.

See full notice: bccourts.ca