October 14, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 42 - CHAMBERS APPLICATION BY TELEPHONE AND MICROSOFT TEAMS. Effective October 14, 2020, the Supreme Court will begin a gradual roll-out to hear chambers applications using Microsoft Teams (“Teams”). Applications in Masters chambers of 2 hours or less scheduled for hearing in Vancouver will be heard by Teams starting on October 26, 2020. For every Teams hearing, a dial-in conferencing number will also be provided so that parties can participate by phone if they are unable to do so by video or if their video connection fails during the hearing. Until further notice, all applications other than Masters chambers of 2 hours or less in Vancouver will proceed by telephone. Hearing of lengthy chambers applications and applications in Judges chambers and in locations other than Vancouver by Teams will be announced at a later date. Parties are encouraged to check the Court’s website regularly for more information.
July 27, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 40 – RESUMPTION OF TRIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES – CIVIL AND FAMILY MATTERS. Chief Justice Hinkson has issued COVID-19 Notice 40 to replace COVID-19 Notice 26. Effective July 27, 2020, parties must file and serve trial briefs, trial records and trial certificates in accordance with the Supreme Court Civil Rules and the Supreme Court Family Rules. The timeframes for filing and serving trial briefs, trial records, and trial certificates which were set out in COVID-19 Notice No. 26 no longer apply. The Court’s direction that TMCs proceed by telephone unless the Court otherwise orders continues to apply.
July 13, 2020 -COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 37 – NOTICE TO MEDIA REGARDING ACCESS TO COURT PROCEEDINGS. The Supreme Court of British Columbia recognizes the critical importance of the open court principle, including in the exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With hearings increasing across the province, including by telephone and remote video conference using Microsoft Teams, the Court has taken steps to ensure that the media continue to have options for observing and reporting on court proceedings during this unprecedented time.
July 10, 2020 - 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.
July 10, 2020 - 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.
July 8, 2020 - 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
July 8, 2020 - 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.
June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 32 – RESUMPTION OF FURTHER COURT OPERATIONS – REGISTRAR HEARINGS. Effective June 30, the Court will resume registrar hearings. Most hearings will proceed by telephone unless the Court otherwise orders. Bankruptcy hearings will proceed in person at locations where there is a resident registrar or master, and by telephone at other locations. Until the resumption of in-person services at registries, trustees and parties may file their documents online through CSO and must submit their hearing records in hard copy following the processes set out in the notice.
June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 29 - CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS - COVID PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES (CV PTC). CV PTCs, which were introduced on May 4, 2020, will continue until further notice for all criminal cases where the trial was adjourned or is at risk of being adjourned because of direct or indirect effects of the public health emergency. This revised Notice directs that counsel are no longer required to complete and submit the CV PTC form, but are expected to appear at the CV PTC informed and instructed about the case
June 5, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 28 – RESUMPTION OF FURTHER COURT OPERATIONS – CHAMBERS APPLICATIONS.Effective June 8, 2020, the Court will resume hearing chambers applications of two hours or less. Hearings will proceed by telephone unless the Court otherwise orders, and in accordance with Notice #28 - Resumption of Further Court Operations - Chambers Applications, found here. The Chief Justice has modified certain requirements related to application records and service of application record indexes. To see the Order of the Chief Justice, click here.
June 5, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 27 – IN COURT MEASURES DURING THE PANDEMIC. Supreme Court of British Columbia trials will resume on June 8, 2020 in a number of courthouse locations. Some changes within courtrooms and courthouses are required to comply with public health directives and orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the legal profession, public and media need to be aware of new measures and precautions in place to ensure safety during court proceedings. For more information click here. Please also refer to the Ministry of Attorney General’s information about COVID-19 Court Recovery Operations summarizing the steps taken to ensure safety in courthouses and courtrooms.
May 14, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 21 – RESUMPTION 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, which can be viewed by clicking here. 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.
May 13, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 20 – RESUMPTION 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. For more information, click here.
May 13, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 19 – RESUMPTION 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 remained 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. For more information, click here.
May 7, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 18 - SUSPENSION OF ALL REGULAR COURT OPERATIONS - CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS (REVISED MAY 11, 2020). Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the Honourable Chief Justice Hinkson suspended regular operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This updated Notice includes some changes to the Court's operations in respect of criminal proceedings including that summary conviction and traffic ticket appeals will be scheduled by telephone where possible and appropriate, and that jury selections are cancelled up to and including September 7, 2020. For more details click here.
May 7, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 17 - NOTICE TO MEDIA REGARDING ACCESS TO COURT PROCEEDINGS. The Supreme Court of British Columbia recognizes the critical importance of the open court principle, including in the exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court has taken steps to ensure that the media continue to have options for observing and reporting on court proceedings during this unprecedented time. For more information please click here.
May 4, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 16 - SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA NOTICE - COVID PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES (CV PTC).Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, and during the remainder of the suspension of the Court’s normal operations, pre-trial conferences will be held by telephone for criminal cases where the trial was unable to proceed because of the suspension, or is at risk of being adjourned because of indirect effects of the suspension. These “CV PTCs” have the specific purpose of advancing or resolving adjourned and at-risk cases as much as possible and appropriate. To view the Notice, click here. To view the CV PTC Counsel form, click here.
April 24, 2020 - COVID-19 NOTICE NO. 13 - SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA NOTICE - EXPANSION OF CIVIL AND FAMILY MATTERS – TELEPHONE CONFERENCE HEARINGS (REVISED).Effective April 20, 2020, in an effort to expand the civil and family matters that can be dealt with at this time, the Court has established procedures to allow parties to schedule a COVID-19 Telephone Conference Hearing (TCH) for matters that are not urgent or essential (as specified in the Court’s April 16, 2020 Notice and that were scheduled for hearing during the Suspension Period. At each TCH, parties will be limited to addressing one disputed issue or to bringing forward issues on which they have consent. This updated Notice (revised April 24, 2020) includes information about scheduling a TCH when a judge or master is seized of or assigned to a matter, and clarifies that an affidavit filed for a TCH must not exceed 10 pages, inclusive of exhibits. For more details click here.
April 21, 2020 - USE OF BASIC BCeID FOR E-FILING. As of April 20, 2020 and for the duration of the suspension of regular operations at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, parties may e-file documents using Basic BCeID. For more information click here.