Updates to NP22: In-person proceedings during Covid-19: health and safety protocols

NP22 was revised November 9, 2020 regarding the wearing of masks in courthouses and courtroom:

People are strongly encouraged to wear face masks when attending courthouses, including in entrances, waiting areas, registries, hallways, stairways, restrooms and elevators. If you do not have a face mask, Sheriffs will provide one when you enter the courthouse. Children under two years of age, persons with a medical condition or disability that inhibits wearing a face mask and persons who are unable to place or remove a face mask without assistance are exempt.

Inside individual courtrooms, the presiding judicial officer may modify this recommendation, for example, in order for the participant’s evidence or submissions to be heard and understood. Any concerns on the part of counsel, parties or witnesses regarding the use of masks in the courtroom should be raised with the Court at the earliest opportunity for consideration by the presiding judicial officer.

Read all of NP22 here: www.provincialcourt.bc.ca