August 19, 2020 - UPDATED NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - SERVICE AND FILING DEADLINES FURTHER SUSPENDED FROM 19 AUGUST TO 14 SEPTEMBER 2020. This updated Notice to the Public replaces the Notice to the Public issued by the Chief Justice of British Columbia on 4 August 2020. The suspension of service and filing deadlines for existing appeals and chambers applications started on 18 March 2020 and is being extended a final time from 19 August 2020 to 14 September 2020. The suspension of service and filing deadlines will not be further extended. This means that the required time periods to file or serve materials for existing appeals will not start to run again until 14 September 2020. Beginning 14 September you will have the same amount of time to file and serve materials as you would have been entitled to on 18 March 2020. Note that the suspension of time periods to commence civil or family proceedings started on 26 March 2020 pursuant to Ministerial Order No. M098 and will remain in effect until 45 days after the state of emergency declared under s. 9(1) of the Emergency Program Act on 18 March 2020 expires or is cancelled. For further details review Order in Council 0453 and the Covid-19 Related Measures Act, s. SBC 2020, c.8.
May 11, 2020 - WATCH A RECORDED WEBINAR ON MODIFIED OPERATIONS IN THE COURT OF APPEAL.On Friday May 8th Chief Justice Bauman, Registrar Timothy Outerbridge and Legal Counsel Shirley Smiley participated in a panel discussion co-hosted by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. In this recording you will hear directly from the Chief Justice regarding the Court of Appeal’s commitment to continuing operations in the “new normal”. You will also hear from the Registrar and Legal Counsel about important procedural changes that have occurred since mid-March and lessons learned during the first week of video-conference appeal hearings.
April 20, 2020 - UPDATED NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE COURT OF APPEAL'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 - NEW INFORMATION REGARDING CONTINUATION OF COURT OPERATIONS. This updated Notice to the Public replaces the Notice to the Public issued by the Chief Justice of British Columbia on 30 March 2020. It includes new information regarding the continuation of court operations in the court of appeal for all matters. The Court of Appeal is extending the suspension service and filing deadlines for all existing appeals and chambers applications to 1 June 2020. Despite the suspension of deadlines, the registry is accepting filings in all matters, and parties are encouraged to advance their appeals if they are able to do so. In civil appeals, electronic filing is mandatory for all parties beginning 4 May 2020. Beginning 4 May 2020, the Court will hear all appeals, including those that are not urgent, by videoconferencing using the Zoom platform, unless otherwise directed. Litigants are required to complete the Court Proceedings by Video Conference Form 14 days in advance of their hearing. Beginning 4 May 2020, the Court will hear all chambers applications and Registrar’s appointments, including those that are not urgent, by teleconference or in writing. For all new chambers applications or appointments, litigants must file and serve materials according to the timelines required under the Court of Appeal Act, Court of Appeal Rules, Criminal Code, the Court of Appeal Criminal Rules and the Court’s Civil and Criminal Practice Directives.