Supreme Court of BC - COVID-19 Notices No.33 to No. 36

From July 10, 2020, Supreme Court of BC:

COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 36 – CASE PLANNING CONFERENCES

Effective July 13, 2020, parties may book case planning conferences (CPCs) in accordance with the process set out in the Supreme Court Civil Rules, as modified in this Notice. Unless the court otherwise orders, all CPCs will proceed by telephone until further notice. 

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REVISED COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 34 - EXPANSION OF COURT OPERATIONS - IN-PERSON REGISTRY SERVICES

On July 7th the Supreme Court announced that, effective July 13, 2010, all Supreme Court registries will be open for in-person services. The Court also announced that the request for urgent hearing process will be discontinued, and the processes for making an application by written submissions and for making a chambers application by telephone will be modified. This revised Notice states that the telephone conference hearing process, which was established for civil and family matters that had been scheduled to be heard between March 19 and May 29, were not urgent or essential, and met certain other criteria, will be discontinued as of July 13, 2020. The Court will continue to hear other matters by telephone, including judicial case conferences, chambers applications, trial management conferences, case planning conferences, and Registrar’s hearings.

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From July 7, 2020, Supreme Court of BC:

COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 35 – EXPANSION OF COURT OPERATIONS – REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCE HEARINGS

Effective July 7, in an effort to increase the number of matters that can be heard during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court will offer the possibility of hearings proceeding by remote video conference (RVC) using Microsoft Teams. Eligibility for RVC hearings will be restricted to those matters that meet the criteria set out in this Notice. RVC hearings are not available for any hearings that involve language interpretation or witnesses, and no part of a trial may be heard by RVC, except in special circumstances by order of the trial judge or case management judge. Booking of RVC hearings is also subject to availability of Court resources, including computer equipment and trained court clerks. Parties must supply their own computer equipment and be fully ready to set up and use Teams on their own, without technical support or trouble-shooting from the Court. 

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COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 34 - EXPANSION OF COURT OPERATIONS - IN-PERSON REGISTRY SERVICES

Effective July 13, 2020, all Supreme Court registries will be open for in-person services. At that time, the request for hearing process for urgent and essential civil, family and insolvency matters will be discontinued, and regular processes will resume except as set out in the Court’s COVID-19 notices. Also effective July 13, 2020, the processes for making an application by written submissions and for making a chambers application by telephone will be modified.

 

COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 33 - EXPANSION OF COURT OPERATIONS - CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Effective July 13, 2020, all Supreme Court registries will be open for in-person services. For this and other reasons, on July 13, 2020, the request for hearing process for urgent and essential hearings will be discontinued and regular processes will resume except as set out in the notice.

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