Sealing a Court File
Last revised October 05, 2018

BC Supreme Court Practice Direction PD-35: Sealing Orders in Civil and Family Proceedings sets out the procedure for applying for an order sealing all or part of the court file in a civil or family law case. 

PD-35 took effect on June 1, 2012.

See:

  • Andrews, M.D. & Cameron, G.  "The Implied Undertaking of Confidentiality—Theory and Practice; and a Brief Look at Confidentiality and Sealing Orders". CLE's Privilege and Confidential Information, 2011, pages 8.1.16 to 8.1.17.
    •     Contains a discussion of how to obtain a sealing order.  Includes a sample sealing order.
  • Hordo, R.J. Randall. "Pre-Trial Document Disclosure and Confidentiality in a Commercial Case". CLE's Advocacy Conference, 2001, volume 1, pages 2.1.7 to 2.1.8.
    •     Contains a discussion regarding the circumstances under which the court will seal a file. 
  • Sandford, Marilyn E. "Recent Case Authorities Regarding Publication Bans, Sealing Orders, Access To Exhibits, And Anonymity Orders". CLE's Lawyers and the Media, 2011, pages 4.2.10 to 4.2.13.
    •     Contains a discussion of sealing orders and ban issues in divorce proceedings.

 

References

Andrews, M.D. & Cameron, G.  "The Implied Undertaking of Confidentiality—Theory and Practice; and a Brief Look at Confidentiality and Sealing Orders". CLE's Privilege and Confidential Information, 2011, pages 8.1.16 to 8.1.17 - available in the resource libraries and via CLE Online.

Hordo, R.J. Randall. "Pre-Trial Document Disclosure and Confidentiality in a Commercial Case". CLE's Advocacy Conference, 2001, volume 1, pages 2.1.7 to 2.1.8 - available in the Vancouver Courthouse Library and via CLE Online.

Sandford, Marilyn E. "Recent Case Authorities Regarding Publication Bans, Sealing Orders, Access To Exhibits, And Anonymity Orders". CLE's Lawyers and the Media, 2011, pages 4.2.10 to 4.2.13 - available in the resource libraries and via  CLE Online.